New United Nations Report on Climate Change Is ‘Code Red for Humanity’

10th August, 2021.      //   Climate Change  // 

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The terrible and imminent situations surrounding climate change are once again highlighted in a new study released by the United Nations on Monday.

The consequences of climate change can be seen in “every region” of the world, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, with specific focus paid to the speed with which we are nearing the universally agreed 1.5 degree Celsius warming threshold.

In a news statement, IPCC Working Group I Co-Chair Valérie Masson-Delmotte remarked, “This report is a reality check. We now have a much clearer picture of the past, present and future climate, which is essential for understanding where we are headed, what can be done, and how we can prepare.”

Successfully limiting warming to close to 1.5°C or even 2°C will be “beyond reach” unless immediate and large-scale greenhouse gas emissions-targeted changes are implemented. In short, it is critical that governments around the world work together to ensure we are all better prepared for continued warming.

The newly released Working Group 1 report, according to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, is a “code red for humanity.” Guterres also stated that we are “perilously close” to reaching the warming threshold, meaning “every fraction of a degree” matters.

“The alarm bells are deafening, and the evidence is irrefutable: greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel burning and deforestation are choking our planet and putting billions of people at immediate risk,” Guterres added. “Global heating is affecting every region on Earth, with many of the changes becoming irreversible.”

The report is the first in a series that the IPCC will produce. In a statement released early Monday morning, climate campaigner Greta Thunberg said the report had “no major shocks,” but rather reiterated what has already been debated.

“[The report is] a solid but cautious summary of the current best available science,” Thunberg stated. “It doesn’t tell us what to do. It is up to us to be brave and take decisions based on the scientific evidence provided in these reports.”

Thunberg went on to say that avoiding the “worst consequences” of climate change is achievable, but only if we all attack the matter with the urgency it requires.

Climate change has a negative impact on the water cycle, rainfall patterns, sea levels, oxygen levels in the ocean, and much more.