“The world faces unavoidable multiple climate hazards over the next two decades with global warming of 1.5°C (2.7°F),” according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.
“This report is a dire warning about the consequences of inaction,” said Hoesung Lee, Chair of the IPCC in the announcement. “It shows that climate change is a grave and mounting threat to our wellbeing and a healthy planet.”
“Our actions today will shape how people adapt and nature responds to increasing climate risks,” says Hoesung Lee. And, the necessary actions will require government, finance, technology, and other sectors to work together.
“Our assessment clearly shows that tackling all these different challenges involves everyone—governments, the private sector, civil society—working together to prioritize risk reduction,” said IPCC Working Group II Co-Chair Debra Roberts.
“By bringing together scientific and technological know-how as well as Indigenous and local knowledge, solutions will be more effective. Failure to achieve climate resilient and sustainable development will result in a sub-optimal future for people and nature,” Roberts said.
The latest assessment of climate change impacts is framed within concurrent global trends, including unsustainable consumption of natural resources, land and ecosystem degradation, biodiversity loss, social and economic inequalities, and the pandemic.
“This report recognizes the interdependence of climate, biodiversity and people and integrates natural, social and economic sciences more strongly than earlier IPCC assessments,” said Hoesung Lee. “It emphasizes the urgency of immediate and more ambitious action to address climate risks. Half measures are no longer an option.”
Read the complete report at IPCC.