The world is dangerously close to irreversible climate change, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report said. According to climate activist Greta Thunberg, this study “confirms what we already know” from other studies. “We are in a crisis situation” – assessed the Swede. The US president’s climate envoy John Kerry also referred to the UN agency report.
A report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicates that the presence of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is already so high that it can disrupt the climate for decades or even centuries. It was noted that the current heatwaves, hurricanes and other extreme weather events are likely to intensify. Unless immediate and swift action is taken on a large scale, global average temperatures will rise by 1.5 degrees C in the next 20 years, according to the study.
The IPCC document is based on more than 14,000 scientific studies and gives detailed insight into how radical climate change is taking place around the world and how it might go further. It was released three months ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, where participating states will be under pressure to commit to decisive climate protection action and to allocate significant funding to it.
The report “confirms what we already know”
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg referred to the report on social media. “The new IPCC report does not contain any surprises. It confirms what we already know from thousands of previous studies and expert opinions – we are in a crisis situation,” she wrote on Twitter.
According to Thunberg, while the report is “a solid summary of the best evidence available today,” it “does not tell us what to do.” “It’s up to us to be brave and make decisions based on the scientific evidence contained in this report” – she noted.
“We can still avoid the worst consequences. But we cannot proceed as we do now. We must treat the crisis as a crisis,” she noted.
The effects of the climate crisis “will intensify”
According to the US President’s Climate Envoy John Kerry, “the effects of the climate crisis – from extreme heat waves to forest fires to violent rainstorms and floods – will only get worse.”
According to the politician, the way to tackle climate change is to take “a different course for us and future generations”.
Johnson on “waking up to the world”
“We know what needs to be done to limit global warming – to return coal to history and switch to clean energy sources, protect nature and provide climate financing to the countries on the front line,” said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The head of the British government expressed the hope that the IPCC report will be “a wake-up call for the world to act immediately”.
“Red Flag for Humanity”
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres declared the report a “red flag for humanity” and called for an immediate end to the use of energy from coal and other highly polluted fossil fuels.
“The alarm is deafening. The report must be a signal that will put an end to the use of coal and other fossil fuels before they destroy our planet,” Guterres stressed.
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