UN climate change study unveils ‘code red for humanity’
The report reveals humans are unequivocally driving global warming.
Hundreds of the world’s top scientists have published a devastating report on the danger that human-caused climate change poses to the earth.
Terming it “code red for humanity,” the landmark study was issued in Geneva by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
As per the report, many of the changes seen in the world’s climate are unprecedented.
Moreover, some of the changes already set in motion – such as rising sea levels are unchangeable over hundreds to thousands of years. Wild weather events, such as hurricanes and heatwaves, are expected to worsen and will occur more frequently.
The Chinese climatologist and one of six co-chairs of the IPCC said, “Climate change is already affecting every region on our planet, in multiple ways. The changes we experience will increase with further warming.”
The study also said, ” Carbon dioxide is the main driver of climate change, even as other greenhouse gases and air pollutants play a vital role in the devastating change.”
The worst is yet to come:
The 3000-page report called climate change human-caused and unequivocal. It made more explicit and warmer forecasts for the 21st century than it did last time it was issued, in 2013.
A member of the World Resources Institute, a nonprofit research organization, Helen Mountford, said, “If the IPCC report does not shock you into action, it should.”
She added, “The report draws a very sobering picture of the unforgiving, unimaginable world we have in store if our inclination to burning fossil fuels and destroying forests continues. One of the main points is that we may reach 1.5°C of warming a decade earlier than the IPCC had previously discovered.”
Moreover, 200 countries have signed up to the Paris climate agreement, which aims to keep global warming under 2 degrees Celsius, ideally no more than 1.5 C, by the end of the century compared to pre-industrial times.
The report came three months before an important climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland.
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