Latest Findings of UN Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change

UN News: UN Climate Report—It’s ‘Now Or Never’ To Limit Global Warming To 1.5 Degrees

A new flagship UN report on climate change out Monday indicating that harmful carbon emissions from 2010-2019 have never been higher in human history, is proof that the world is on a “fast track” to disaster, António Guterres has warned, with scientists arguing that it’s ‘now or never’ to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. Reacting to the latest findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the UN Secretary-General insisted that unless governments everywhere reassess their energy policies, the world will be uninhabitable. His comments reflected the IPCC’s insistence that all countries must reduce their fossil fuel use substantially, extend access to electricity, improve energy efficiency and increase the use of alternative fuels, such as hydrogen. Unless action is taken soon, some major cities will be under water, Mr. Guterres said in a video message, which also forecast “unprecedented heatwaves, terrifying storms, widespread water shortages and the extinction of a million species of plants and animals.”

By UN News. April 4, 2022.

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NPR: It’s Not Too Late To Stave Off The Climate Crisis, U.N. Report Finds. Here’s How

The world still has time to avoid the most extreme dangers of climate change, but only if nations cut greenhouse gas pollution much faster from nearly every aspect of human activity, according to a landmark international climate science report. The report issued on Monday is the latest by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations body that brings together the world’s researchers to assess the prevailing science on planetary warming. The report builds on the dire warnings of two others also released in the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report. The first documented how heat-trapping emissions from burning fossil fuels were the “unequivocal” cause of rising temperatures. The second, released in late February, showed how billions of people around the globe are at risk of more extreme disasters. This latest report comes amidst a renewed push for oil and gas drilling, as the war in Ukraine drives a spike in oil prices. Carbon emissions already roared back to their highest levels ever in 2021, rebounding after a decline during the pandemic.

By Lauren Sommer. NPR. April 4, 2022.

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BBC: Climate Change—IPCC Scientists Say It’s ‘Now Or Never’ To Limit Warming

UN scientists have unveiled a plan that they believe can limit the root causes of dangerous climate change. A key UN body says in a report that there must be “rapid, deep and immediate” cuts in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Global emissions of CO2 would need to peak within three years to stave off the worst impacts. Even then, the world would also need technology to suck CO2 from the skies by mid-century. The good news is that this latest IPCC summary shows that it can be done, in what Mr. Guterres calls a “viable and financially sound manner.” But keeping temperatures down will require massive changes to energy production, industry, transport, our consumption patterns and the way we treat nature.

By Matt McGrath. BBC. April 4, 2022.

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