Time Is Running Out To Control Climate Change, U.N. Report Says

Limiting global warming would also give people and ecosystems more room to adapt and remain below relevant risk thresholds, added Pörtner.

Well, it's time to buckle up folks because unless we take drastic action, and soon, catastrophe may be inevitable.

More than ninety-one authors and review editors from 40 countries contributed to the findings which were launched in Incheon in South Korea on October 8 in front of all 195 signed on parties of the Paris Agreement.

"The new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has served us a final warning that we must get our act together - now and quickly", said Sunita Narain, director general, CSE, in response to the release of the Panel's latest study. According to a new stark United Nations report, though, the world is running out of time and only has about 11 years until shit really starts to go down.

The IPCC report said at the current rate of warming, the world's temperatures would likely reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052 after an increase of 1°C above preindustrial levels since the mid-1800s.

This target was long considered the threshold for the most unsafe effects of climate change, including the mass destruction of coral reefs, widespread food shortages, destructive wildfires and coastal flooding.

The IPCC report doesn't list country-wise impacts. The new report has examined what will happen if the world warms by just 1.5 degrees, and it doesn't look good. But at 2 degrees, that number jumps to more than 99 percent. But even a 1.5°C rise in temperature will be threatening to India.

The WWF called on the European Union to take urgent action to limit global warming to 1.5ºC, saying in a press release: "Approved by 195 governments, the report underscores the small window of opportunity we have to make immediate, deep and transformational changes - without which the world we know will be irreversibly changed".

Sea levels, for example, would be 10cm lower in a 1.5 degree scenario than a 2 degree scenario, and there would be substantially fewer heatwaves and droughts.

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From the beginning of next year, a new global pact will take effect that could have a profound impact on climate change, cutting harmful greenhouse gas emissions by amounts that could help stave off some of the worst impacts predicted by the IPCC.

Greenhouse pollution must be reduced by 45 per cent from 2010 levels by 2030 and 100 per cent by 2050.

At the same time, the world must all but completely phase out coal, while boosting renewable energy by almost 50 percent. In fact, the IPCC report says that we are ultimately heading towards 3 degrees Celsius.

The US$2.4 trillion that the climate change panel has calculated as necessary investments is nearly seven times more than that.

Given humanity's track record, this dramatic and unprecedented action seems unlikely.

"Today, the world's leading scientific experts collectively reinforced what mother nature has made clear - that we need to undergo an urgent and rapid transformation to a global clean energy economy", former US Vice President Al Gore said.

"We reiterate that the United States intends to withdraw from the Paris agreement at the earliest opportunity absent the identification of terms that are better for the American people", a statement from the US State Department reads. At that point, the authors warn that our only chance will be some sort of carbon removal technology, which has not been proven to work on the necessary scale and will not be able to save ecosystems already lost. "It's really disappointing. It's a real failure that the U.S. government isn't helping people understand there's a train coming down the track fast at us and we need to get out of the way". "It's now their responsibility.to decide whether they can act on it".

This is the scariest thing about the IPCC Report - it's the watered down, consensus version.

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