“Code red for humanity” from the IPCC report

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You will have heard in the news recently the stark findings of the recent IPCC report, and the UN Secretary General describing it as a “code red for humanity”.  

Key takeaways from the report are:

  • Recent changes in the climate are widespread, rapid, and intensifying, and unprecedented in thousands of years.
  • Unless there are immediate, rapid, and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, limiting warming to 1.5°C will be beyond reach.
  • It is indisputable that human activities are causing climate change, making extreme climate events, including heat waves, heavy rainfall, and droughts, more frequent and severe.
  • Climate change is already affecting every region on Earth, in multiple ways. The changes we experience will increase with further warming.
  • There’s no going back from some changes in the climate system, however, some changes could be slowed and others could be stopped by limiting warming.
  • To limit global warming, strong, rapid, and sustained reductions in CO2, methane, and other greenhouse gases are necessary. This would not only reduce the consequences of climate change but also improve air quality.

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