Launched today, a new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report says that climate change is already happening and warns countries are ill-prepared for the impacts this will have on food security, water supplies and human health.
Some key points from the report
- Observations of the climate system, based on direct measurements and remote sensing from satellites and other platforms, show warming of the climate system is unequivocal.
- Since the 1950’s the atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased.
- Human influence on the climate system is clear. This is evident from the increasing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, positive radiative forcing, observed warming, and understanding of the climate system.
- Continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in all components of the climate system. Limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.
- People who are socially, economically, culturally, politically, institutionally or otherwise marginalised are especially vulnerable to climate change.
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- Read the full IPCC Report here.