IPCC: Climate Report is Warning of Consequences of Doing Nothing

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The new IPCC report is a “serious warning” that shows the consequences if the world does not act on climate change. That says chairman of the UN climate panel IPCC Hoesung Lee.


“Our actions today will determine how people adapt and how nature responds to increasing climate risks.”

Once again, the IPCC report published Monday underlines the importance of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Even a temporary exceeding of this warming level could lead to other serious consequences, “some of which will be irreversible,” the panel said. Climate change poses an “increasing threat to our well-being and a healthy planet,” Lee says. “It emphasizes the urgency of immediate and ambitious action to tackle climate risks. Half measures are no longer an option.”

Debra Roberts, the vice-chair of the working group that wrote the report, emphasizes that everyone is needed to fight climate change. “Governments, the private sector and civil society must all work together to reduce climate risks.” Vice-President Hans-Otto Pörtner agrees. “Any delay in tackling climate change could mean we miss the opportunity to secure a livable future.”

In the new climate panel report, you can read which climate disasters the world has to deal with, for example, floods, tropical cyclones, heat, and drought. The IPCC warns that it will hit 3.3 to 3.6 billion people who are “highly vulnerable” and ecosystems the hardest. Heatwaves, droughts and floods are already causing “mass death” among plants and animals. The IPCC cites various tree species and coral as examples.

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