- The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report is a “serious warning about the consequences of inaction” on climate change.
- It’s not just ecosystems and weather that are affected by warming, experts say: People are suffering and dying.
- In North America, people’s lives, safety and livelihoods will be at risk from sea level rise, hurricanes and hurricanes, especially in coastal areas.
International climate experts said in a report Monday, life in some locations on the planet is rapidly reaching levels too hot for the species living there.
German scientist Hans-Otto Pörtner, co-chair of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said: “With climate change, some parts of the planet will become uninhabitable. generate report Released in Berlin, Germany.
The report reviews the scientific literature documenting the devastating effects of human-caused climate change on societies and ecosystems worldwide.
The team has been studying the vulnerability of people and ecosystems to climate change and how adaptation can help reduce the risk, said Pörtner and co-chair Deborah Roberts in South Africa.
“Human-induced climate change, including more frequent and intense extreme events, is already causing widespread negative impacts and associated losses and damages,” the report states. to nature and people, in addition to natural climate change”.
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The panel concluded that urgent action was needed to limit rising temperatures and to limit the worsening effects that climate change is having on physical and mental health. Some of the impacts predicted in the future will not be averted, but the authors highlight quick and important actions that can help avert the worst effects.
Climate group founded in 1988
The IPCC was established by the United Nations Environment Program and the World Meteorological Organization in 1988 to provide scientific assessments of climate change and its impacts and risks.
The assessments, published every six to seven years, aim to provide governments around the world with information to develop climate policies.
The IPCC is in the process of its sixth review.
Monday’s report, prepared by 270 leading scientists from 67 countries, builds on a report released last summer by IPCC Working Group I, which brought to attention the bleak warning. about the “red code for humanity”.
A ‘catastrophic warning’ of inactivity
Hoesung Lee, president of the IPCC, said Monday’s report was a “catastrophic warning of the consequences of inaction. It shows that climate change is a serious and increasingly serious threat. for our happiness and a healthy planet.”
Increased heat waves, droughts and floods have exceeded the tolerances of plants and animals, leading to mass deaths in species such as trees and corals, according to the report.
And it’s not just ecosystems and weather that are affected by warming.
Kristie Ebi, a University of Washington professor in the department of global health and lead author of a chapter on health, well-being and communities, says the human impact is being recognized globally.
People who die from climate change
Ebi says that people are currently suffering and dying from climate change. And, elevated temperatures are adversely affecting pregnancy outcomes.
Sherilee Harper, lead author of the North America chapter and an associate professor at the University of Alberta’s school of public health, said she’s personally impressed by the impact of climate change on “physical health and the spirit of many Americans.”
The report highlights the “urgent need for increased adaptation,” said Adelle Thomas, senior associate of Caribbean research at Climate Analytics and one of the authors of the report summary for key decision-makers. book and a chapter on key risks.
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Need to act fast
Some of the authors speaking in a call on Sunday was not without hope and the report presented options for taking swift action to avert the worst of the consequences.
Edward Carr, director of Clark University’s division of international development, communities and the environment, said: of a chapter on climate-resilient development.
“The window for making a system switch is narrowing,” says Carr. “We’ve eliminated a number of possible paths because of our past choices.”
Carr says that current development patterns, combined with climate change, are driving the world away from sustainable development.
Some of the negative effects on happiness are increasing and cannot be prevented, the authors say.
Americans at risk
Even if global warming were limited to the 1.5°C target, the lives, safety and livelihoods of people across North America would be threatened by sea level rise, the report states. , hurricanes and typhoons, especially in coastal areas.
Increasingly intense storms, “combined with sea level rise will lead to damage and damage, despite our best efforts to adapt,” Thomas said. “And unfortunately, these negative effects of climate change have disproportionate effects on the least resilient communities, the poorest and most vulnerable communities.”
If warming is not limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the risks to North America will increase rapidly, Harper said. It will lead to “irreversible changes to ecosystems, increased damage to infrastructure and housing, and a real strain on economic sectors and disrupting livelihoods, mental health, physical health and safety.”
Harper said: “Delays in climate action due to misinformation about climate change science make the need for action all the more urgent. “That leads to increased uncertainty and slows recognition of risks.”
In his comments earlier in February, Pörtner concluded the scientific evidence was clear: “Climate change is a threat to human happiness and to the health of the planet. Any further delay in the coordinated global actions will miss a brief moment and close quickly to ensure a future worth living.”