Greta Thunberg claims that the climate change report “doesn’t tell us what to do” and that the threat is far greater.
GRETA THUNBERG has lauded the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report as a “strong” assessment of the “best available research” at the time.
Although the new research offers “no major surprises,” the environmental activist highlighted that it does prove that the world is in “emergency” mode. However, she termed the report’s estimates as “cautious,” implying that she believes the real threat is considerably greater.
The report, which was released today, warns that if quick action is not taken to tackle climate change, the world will face devastating repercussions.
The findings have been dubbed a “code red for mankind” by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, with temperatures expected to rise 1.5 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels within the next 20 years unless fossil fuels are phased out.
The research was developed by a committee of 234 scientists from 66 nations, and it asserts that there is “unambiguous” evidence that people are to blame for rising temperatures.
The report’s position is significantly more assertive than the IPCC’s assessment from 2013, which identified humans as a “dominant cause” of global warming.
Ms Thunberg believes the report “doesn’t tell us what to do,” and she urged people to “be brave” in their efforts to mitigate climate change’s effects.
“The new IPCC report contains no major surprises,” the 18-year-old wrote on Twitter. It reaffirms what we’ve previously known from thousands of earlier studies and reports: we’re in a crisis. It’s a good (though cautious) review of the best available science at the moment.
“It doesn’t instruct us what to do,” says the narrator. It is our responsibility to be brave and make judgments based on the scientific information presented in these papers. We can still avert the worst repercussions, but only if we keep doing what we’re doing now and treating the issue as a crisis.”
Scientists investigating the influence of human behavior on the environment are concerned since countries have previously agreed to keep temperatures below this threshold.
“Unless there are urgent, quick, and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, the 1.5C target will be beyond reach,” said Dr Tamsin Edwards, an academic at King’s College London and one of the report’s principal authors.
According to the scientists who worked on the study, existing country promises could still result in 2.7 degrees of warming by the end of the century.
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