According to the latest 6th Assessment Report on the physical science of climate change, there is no doubt that the greenhouse gases we emit - mainly by burning coal, oil and gas - are warming the Earth's climate. Some changes are already irreversible and affect every part of the planet. We still have one last chance to keep warming within relatively safe limits. However, these opportunities will be lost without reducing emissions in the coming years, according to a new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
"Today's IPCC report is a red alert for humanity. The sirens are deafening and the evidence is indisputable," commented Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General.
On Monday, August 9, the UN panel published the first of three parts of its cyclical report, which is the largest analysis of the state of the Earth's climate and further warming scenarios. It is can be seen as an extensive diagnosis of our planet. And its condition is as serious as never before.
The report confirms the observations of scientists from all over the world - changes which are unprecedented in a scale of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of years. Many of them - such as rising sea levels - are already irreversible for the next centuries or millennia. By changing the Earth's climate, we are entering a world completely unknown not only to humanity, but also to other species: the last time the surface of the planet was warmer by 2.5° C was over... 3 million years ago. With the current policies and targets, we will exceed this level by the end of the 21st century.
The report presents new estimates of the chances of global warming exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius in the coming decades and concludes that unless there is an immediate, rapid and large-scale reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the reduction of warming to a level close to 1,5° C or even 2° C will be beyond our reach.
About the report: The report was compiled by over 200 scientists and scientists, and later adopted the representatives of 195 governments - parties to the UN climate convention. Researchers analyzed 14,000 the work of scientists on various aspects of climate change. In addition, thousands of experts submitted a total of tens of thousands of comments on its content, which was analyzed by the authors.
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Read the "IPCC 6th Assessment Report: The Physical Science Basis" here: https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar6/wg1/