Climate change is set to inflict “severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts” on people and the natural world unless carbon emissions are cut sharply and rapidly, according to the most important assessment of global warming yet published.
The stark report states that climate change has already increased the risk of severe heatwaves and other extreme weather and warns of worse to come, including food shortages and violent conflicts. But it also found that ways to avoid dangerous global warming are both available and affordable.
“We have the means to limit climate change,” said Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “The solutions are many and allow for continued economic and human development. All we need is the will to change.”
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Fossil fuels, without carbon capture and storage (CCS), should be phased out “almost entirely” by 2100.
The short Synthesis Report was published on Sunday in Copenhagen, after a week of intense debate between scientists and government officials.
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Here are the six graphs that are at the core of the evidence collected by the IPCC on climate change and its effects:
This map, from the report, shows how much hotter we’ve already made the world since 1901. It’s a handy reminder that the warming we’ve had so far isn’t evenly spread – the tropics and higher latitudes have got hotter faster than other regions ….
For more on this story, visit: IPCC report: six graphs that show how we’re changing the world’s climate | Environment | The Guardian.