If the recent threat of a third world war hasn’t stressed you enough, the latest climate change report from the United Nations (UN) just might.
The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a massive report on Monday that paints a dire portrait of the impacts that anthropogenic climate change will have on the world’s ecosystems, not to mention humanity.
The report predicts that we have little chance of avoiding the worst effects of climate change. In all likelihood, we will experience an almost unimaginable climate catastrophe.
“I have seen many scientific reports in my time, but none like this one,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a video posted on YouTube. “Today’s IPCC report is an atlas of human suffering and a damning indictment of failed climate leadership and reveals how people and the planet are being hit hard by climate change.”
“Nearly half of humanity now lives in the danger zone,” he added.
The Concerning Climate Change Report By UN
The report outlines the grim consequences of climate change, including mass die-offs of plant and animal species, the collapse of major food and water systems, and the transformation of carbon sinks that absorb carbon dioxide into sources of carbon. that emit it.
Global temperatures are also projected to rise more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. This would have a disastrous and irreversible impact on melting ice, triggering widespread flooding in coastal areas and drought, leading to worsening wildfires.
In another sinister twist, the report also offers a warning that a large part of the world’s population must be prepared for the worsening effects of climate change. In a way, we’re past the point of trying to prevent it. Now, it’s about dealing with its impact.
“If regions are not prepared, people will die as a result,” Kristie Ebi, an epidemiologist at the University of Washington and a co-author of the report, said during a news conference.
It is easy to become desensitized to the topic of climate change, especially when it seems that the UN keeps releasing report after report after report sounding the alarm. But this might be the bleakest portrait of the climate crisis yet, which is saying something.
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