Extreme heatwaves that previously hit the earth once in 50 years are now likely to recur once in a decade, according to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a report published on Monday. According to experts, droughts and torrential downpours will become more frequent due to global warming.
A report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released on Monday, found that average temperatures on Earth had risen by one degree Celsius. According to the authors of the study, the effects of global warming are already felt. “The heatwaves in Canada, fires in California, floods in Germany and China, and droughts in central Brazil show very clearly that extreme weather events take a heavy toll,” said Paulo Artaxo, lead author of the report, a climate expert at the University of Sao Paulo.
Red Flag for Humanity Report
Experts estimated that the probability of heavy rainstorms, which previously hit the earth once a decade, is 1.3 times higher. Droughts that occur every 10 years can now occur every five or six years. As reported, extreme heatwaves previously recorded every 50 years can now occur once a decade. The document indicates that the presence of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is so high that it can disrupt the climate for decades or even centuries.
Unless immediate and swift action is taken on a large scale, average global temperatures will rise by another 1.5 degrees Celsius in the next 20 years, according to the report.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres declared the report a “red flag for humanity” and called for an immediate end to the use of coal-based energy 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, emphasized Guterres.
The last such report was published by the IPCC in 2013-14.
Climate Coalition: Poland must move away from burning coal
The Climate Coalition commented on the IPCC report on Monday. “Since the Paris Agreement, which clearly indicated where we are going and what we need to do to stop climate change, the world has lost another 6 years and continues to run faster and faster towards a catastrophe,” emphasized the political spokesman of the Climate Coalition, Krzysztof Jędrzejewski.
“The latest IPCC report must finally close the infamous chapter in the fight for the climate, in which the public has allowed voices of ignorant science to deny the impact of human activities on climate change. In the light of the IPCC publications, it is undeniable that anthropogenic emissions contribute to fueling the climate crisis “- said prof. Zbigniew Karaczun from the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, an expert of the Climate Coalition.
The information from the Climate Coalition also indicates that the IPCC report predicts that climate change will increase in all regions in the coming decades. With global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius, heat waves will increase, longer warm and shorter cold seasons await us. With global warming of 2 degrees Celsius, extreme temperatures will more often reach critical tolerance thresholds for agriculture and human health.
According to the experts of the Climate Coalition, this means that Poland must abandon coal combustion and develop renewable energy sources. “We cannot delay the preparation of a plan to abandon coal combustion by 2030. Not much later, we must abandon the use of natural gas,” said Anna Ogniewska from Greenpeace Polska, an expert of the Climate Coalition, quoted in the press release.
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