Recently, the updated IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report was released. This report outlined the latest status of climate change across the world and there are a few main important takeaways.
Climate Change is Growing and Intensifying:
Reports of the warming climate have been around for years, but it is now directly impacting the Western world. Climate change is a current global issue, impacting every area of the globe. In this report, scientists from countries across the world are certain that this is now a real issue of concern.
The Trends of Extreme Heat Waves:
The IPCC states that both the frequency and intensity of heightened global temperatures are headed for the worst. There is now a greater frequency of warming by one degree Celsius or more over ten years and it is predicted that the intensity of the heat will eventually reach an increase of more than 5 degrees Celsius if humans do not make a change. It is also noted that humans are undoubtedly the root cause of this temperature rise.
There is Evidence Supporting the 1.5C Global Threshold:
This report explains that if the world exceeds a 1.5 degree Celsius climate change, there will be serious repercussions. This idea originated from the Paris Treaty in 2013 and is now being recognized as a global necessity. To prevent exceeding this number, carbon emissions must be cut in half in the next 10 years and the globe must achieve net-zero emissions by the year 2050.
Sea Levels Continue Rising:
The IPCC report was quite blunt when it came to rising sea levels. The report explained that even by reaching net zero emissions by 2050 that the sea levels will continue to rise. The effects of the rising sea levels are more frequent and severe sea-level events than have been seen so far.
Is There any Good news to Takeaway?
There is one positive takeaway from the IPCC report: scientists are certain. The scientist who wrote the report is sure of the current and future effects of climate change. They also know what needs to be done to stop the consequences. Net-zero emissions are the answer to their call to action. Now, global politicians must get involved to make legislative change to support zero emissions.