Climate Change: Five things we've learnt from the IPCC Report
16 August 2021
Sourced from BBC News
- Climate change is widespread, rapid and intensifying – and it’s down to us
- The 1.5C temperature limit is on life support
- The bad news: No matter what we do, the seas will continue to rise
- The good news: Scientists are more certain about what will work
- Politicians will be nervous, the courts will be busy
The last IPCC report on the science of climate change was published in 2013, the idea of 1.5C being the safe global limit for warming was barely considered.
A special report on 1.5C in 2018 showed the advantages of staying under the limit were massive compared to a 2C world. Getting there would require carbon emissions to be cut in half, essentially, by 2030 and net-zero emissions reached by 2050. Otherwise, the limit would be reached between 2030 and 2052.
This new report reaffirms this finding. Under all scenarios, the threshold is reached by 2040. If emissions aren’t reined.
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