We have just 12 years make massive and unprecedented changes to global energy infrastructure to limit global warming to moderate levels, the United Nation’s climate science body said in a monumental new report released on Sunday.
“There is no documented historic precedent” for the action needed at this moment, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) wrote in its 700-page report on the impacts of global warming of 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, or 1.5 degrees Celsius.
From rising sea levels to more devastating droughts to more damaging storms, the report makes brutally clear that warming will make the world worse for us in the forms of famine, disease, economic tolls, and refugee crises. And there is a vast gulf between the devastation from 1.5°C, what’s considered the moderate level of average warming, and 2°C.
“It’s very clear that half a degree matters,” said Valérie Masson-Delmotte, co-chair of IPCC Working Group I at a press conference in Incheon, South Korea, where the report was released.
This release put the whole World at risk of sudden weather changes which have vast effects to both human being and other natural environment. Climate change brings forth numerous forms of destruction which the United Nations climate science body wants the world to take responsibility before it occurs and destroys the earth
The team gathered more than 6,000 scientific publications, drew contributions from 132 authors, and had more than 1,000 scientists review the findings.As expected, the report doesn’t pull any punches: Staying at or below 1.5°C requires slashing global greenhouse gas emissions 45 percent below 2010 levels by 2030 and reaching net zero by 2050.
Meeting this goal demands extraordinary transitions in transportation; in energy, land, and building infrastructure; and in industrial systems. It means reducing our current coal consumption by one -third. It also demands a vast scale-up of emerging technologies, such as those that remove carbon dioxide directly from the air. All in the very narrow window of the next 12 years while our momentum pushes us in the wrong direction.
The extent of the global warming are so extreme that they are likely to threaten the existence of the natural environment with enormous temperature recorded if the world does not heed to the call to take care of our environment.
In the report carbon was the main pollutant and the main element destroying the natural environment. The climate scientific experts were of the suggestion that the cost of getting carbon and related products should be hiked. This initiative will help reduce pollution.
Much have also been said about the world adopting echo friendly sources of energy such as the use of solar energy , wind and geothermal.
This initiative also goes a long with abolishing the use of plastic bags and instead think of other means of packaging.
The report also shows there’s no avoiding the costs of climate change; we either invest now to clamp down on greenhouse gases, or we pay down the line through property damage and lost lives. The additional sea level rise of going from 1.5°C to 2°C would put another 10 million people at risk.
What this means is that we still have a chance to limit a very significant amount of warming this century. However, hitting the 1.5°C target leaves just 0.5°C of headroom over the next 80 years. That demands getting to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the middle of the century, which in turn requires an almost immediate, precipitous decline in emissions.
This can only be done when people join hands and start protecting the environment . To survive the effect of global warming which can most likely lead to extinction of some living species , drying of rivers and change of the patterns of climate and seasons.
It can all happen when all take a stand.