Climate change poses a serious threat to Iceland’s puffins, as well as many other species.
The UN is poised to present its most recent, sobering update on climate change’s progress and the threat it poses to the planet today. The Daily Express traveled to the frontlines of climate change in Iceland to examine how it is putting wildlife at risk ahead of this groundbreaking research.
These lovely puffins appear to be at one with the nature, flying in on whirring wings from a fishing excursion or relaxing by their breeding burrows near the southern coast of Iceland.
We watched them, like they have for millennia, dodge attacks from sea pirates, Arctic and big skuas at Dyrholaey in southern Iceland.
When they were pursued by them and ravenous seagulls after the sandeels meant for their babies, the puffins resorted to their preferred safety method of plunging into the sea.
However, these “sea clowns” — and the fish they eat — are among a number of species in Iceland that are facing a new threat: climate change.
Simply said, they despise the heat.
Today, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is likely to warn that unless drastic action is taken, the globe will breach the threshold for more intense climate change within 20 years.
The IPCC is expected to warn that a 1.5C global increase in temperatures since the Industrial Revolution is likely to be passed between now and 2040, ahead of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November.
The report is also expected to show a stronger link between climate change and extreme weather events around the world, such as deadly floods in Europe and China and wildfires in Australia and the United States.
Alok Sharma, the President of COP26, declared Wednesday that the world is “dangerously close” to running out of time to avoid catastrophic climate change.
Failure to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius would be “catastrophic,” according to Mr Sharma.
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Mr Sharma told the Guardian that a study by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which is set to be released on Monday, will be the “starkest warning yet” about what the future may contain.
“You see what is going on throughout the world on a daily basis. Last year was the warmest on record, and the previous decade was the hottest on record,” he said.
“Brinkwire Summary News,” he said, referring to COP26.