The UN climate change report issues a “very severe warning” to humanity, stating that “the door will close.”
According to Alok Sharma, president of COP26, the UN’s “extremely stark” warning about climate change implies governments must act now.
The 26th UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP26) will be place in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12, 2021. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report on Monday emphasizing the significance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Mr Sharma told Newsnight, “This research, quite plainly, is a really severe warning.”
“When it comes to combating climate change and averting its worst consequences, the door is still ajar.
“That door will, unfortunately, close shut unless we get it right now.
“What we need to do now is make sure that all countries submit ambitious plans to reduce their emissions so that we can meet the goals set out in Paris in 2015, which is to keep global temperature rises well below 2 degrees Celsius, with a goal of 1.5 degrees.”
According to the IPCC assessment, quick and large-scale environmental initiatives are required to “avert climate disaster.”
According to the report, the global surface temperature was 1.09 degrees Celsius warmer in the decade 2011-2020 than it was in the period 1850-1900.
It was also discovered that the last five years have been the hottest since 1850.
The present rate of sea level rise has roughly tripled when compared to the period 1901-1971.
Heatwaves and other hot extremes have become “virtually certain,” and human impact is “extremely probable” to be the cause of glacier melting.
Scientists, on the other hand, have stated that, while the research is alarming, there is still hope that the crisis can be averted within the next decade.
“We can escape climate disaster if we join forces now,” UN Secretary General António Guterres stated.
“However, as today’s report demonstrates, there is no time for delays or excuses.
“I am counting on all stakeholders, including government leaders, to make COP26 a success.”
This November, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP26, will be place in Glasgow.