The United Nations (UN) published a new report on the climate on our planet, which was prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). According to the document, the Earth will see catastrophic and unavoidable impacts in the coming decades.
The study concludes that almost half of the world’s population is vulnerable to increasingly dangerous climate impacts and that the planet’s inhabitants are far from prepared.
“I have seen many scientific reports in my life, but none like this one. Today’s IPCC report is an atlas of human suffering and a damning indictment of the failure of climate leadership,” said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
This report focused on how nature and societies are increasingly affected and what they can do to adapt to this critical scenario. It also points out that the planet has already warmed 1.09 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels due to our reliance on fossil fuels.
According to the report, the consequences of this warming can already be seen and include diseases that migrate to new areas, extinction of species around the world, mass death of trees and the beginning of the collapse of major food systems.
“Runaway carbon pollution is forcing the world’s most vulnerable to face a ferocious march to destruction. The facts are undeniable,” adds Guterres.
Finally, the report prepared by the experts highlights the urgency of keeping global warming within 1.5 degrees Celsius of pre-industrial temperatures. According to the document, exceeding that threshold will cause irreversible damage to our planet.