Action Needed Now in Climate Crisis

Efforts to curb climate change must also extend beyond the 2015 Paris Agreement reached among 197 countries - which President Trump withdrew the U.S. from in June 2017.

"I can give you reports that are fabulous and I can give you reports that aren't so good", Trump said.

The authoritative Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in a report released Monday that urgent, global action is required to stave off the devastating implications of climate change. While its approaches have been identified before-including last year's Well Under 2C study that we co-chaired with over 30 experts-the IPCC report should be a rallying point for nations to implement the policies needed to limit global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The report, which encompasses more than 6,000 scientific references, has found that some of the most severe climate change scenarios could be felt at an even lower temperatures of global warming, occurring decades earlier than expected.

Areas like sub-Saharan Africa and the Mediterranean would still suffer from droughts, but farms would be able to grow more food than they could with 2 degrees of warming.

"And now more than ever we know that every bit of warming matters", Krug added.

"Scientists might want to write in capital letters, 'ACT NOW IDIOTS, ' but they need to say that with facts and numbers, and they have", said Greenpeace climate activist Kaisa Kosonen, who was an observer at recent IPCC meetings. Global CO2 emissions may need to peak around 2020.

Working Group I assessed the physical science basis of climate change; Working Group II addressed impacts, adaptation and vulnerability; and Working Group III dealt with the mitigation of climate change.

Key points in the report include maintaining the current global temperature at 1.5ºC.

But the report said the efficacy of measures, such as planting forests, bioenergy use or capturing and storing CO2, were unproven at a large scale and carried some risks.

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Limiting the temperature rise to 1.5º C would make it easier to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, said Priyardarshi Shukla, cochair of IPCC Working Group III.

"The next few years are probably the most important in our history", said Debra Roberts, an IPCC co-chair.

Gore's statement also seems at odds with the U.N.'s own conclusions, which downplay an increased risk of extreme weather as connected to climate change, and the "world's top scientists" actually suggested that the best approach to stemming global climate change was to "systematically disassemble capitalism", rendering technological advancement a thing of the past.

The IPCC report is undeniably grim, but its authors state that the 1.5°C target can still be met if unprecedented, wide-ranging action is taken straight away.

"Markets drive change more quickly than regulation".

Here's why: the report takes a look at the targets the world agreed to try and meet in the 2015 Paris Agreement, which was aimed at keeping global warming below 2°C (1.5°C, if possible).

As part of the decision to adopt the Paris Agreement, the IPCC was invited to produce, in 2018, a Special Report on global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways.

But as Jamie Henn, co-founder and the program director for the worldwide climate group 350.org, stated in a tweet on Tuesday, the "scariest thing about the IPCC Report" is the fact that "it's the watered down, consensus version".

But those past predictions appear to have been far too conservative (a common critique of IPCC reports in general).

That could reduce flooding and give the people that inhabit the world's coasts, islands and river deltas time to adapt to climate change.

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