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Final warning over climate action by Scientists

More than 300 scientists signed off on the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, with the most authoritative global body on climate change urging countries to “aim higher, act faster, or risk losing it all” in its final report of the 2020s.

The UN secretary general, António Guterres, said: “the IPCC report is a clarion call to massively fast-track climate efforts by every country and every sector and on every timeframe. Our world needs climate action on all fronts: everything, everywhere, all at once.”

Devastation has already been inflicted on swathes of the world. Extreme weather caused by climate breakdown has led to increased deaths from intensifying heatwaves in all regions, millions of lives and homes destroyed in droughts and floods, millions of people facing hunger, and “increasingly irreversible losses” in vital ecosystems.

The world still has a chance of limiting global temperature rises to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, the threshold beyond which our damage to the climate will rapidly become irreversible.

How do we make greenhouse gas emissions peak as soon as possible, and reduce rapidly in the following years? 

Guterres called on governments to take drastic action to reduce emissions by investing in renewable energy and low-carbon technology. 

The Report is a how-to guide to defuse the climate timebomb. It is a survival guide for humanity. As it shows, the 1.5C limit is achievable.”


So what are some of the things that can be done

Climate Council’s director of research Dr Simon Bradshaw  said the world has a choice to act quickly this decade and the worst can be averted if the right things are done now.

“So many solutions are readily available, like solar and wind power, storage, electric appliances and clean transport options. We need to get our skates on,” 

Posted on March 20, 2023

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