Code red: the new climate report. World leaders ring the alarm!

“Such a rapid global warming has not occurred in the last two thousand years.” – The temperature is rising faster than expected.  The worldwide temperature will reach the limit of 1.5 degrees increase in about ten years. Years earlier than expected! The cause is the emission of CO2 and other greenhouse gases by mankind. Here we list a few important conclusions from the new climate report of the IPCC, the climate panel of the United Nations.

Wake-up call: Only 10 years left.

According to the IPCC, the limit of 1.5 degrees global temperature rise will be reached within about ten years. This is ten years earlier than previously calculated. That insight comes from the fact that the estimate of historical warming has been adjusted and because the temperature is rising faster since the previous IPCC report. The report caused a loud wake-up call for busines owners and politicians.

The costs of doing nothing keep rising

The report means code red for humanity ‘’The alarm bells are deafening. This report must sound an urgent alarm for coal and fossil fuels before they destroy our planet,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres in a statement. US President Joe Biden also speaks of the urgency ,’’ The signals are indispensable, and the science is undeniable,” he wrote with a small sneer at his predecessor Trump ,, And the costs of passivity continue to rise”. The IPCC report, approved by 195 countries, must be the turning point. To achieve that everyone needs to participate, world leaders now say.

No place is safe

No place in the world is safe from the effects of climate change, especially now that the temperature is only increasing faster. Such a rapid global warming has not occurred in the last two thousand years. This has already caused major changes in the world. This is especially noticeable due to the increasing weather extremes. In Northern- and Southern-Europe the temperatures are heating up fast. At the same time the north is getting wetter and in the south of Europe is going through an extreme drought. Last month there were water floods in Limburg, Belgium, and Germany. Now there are forest fires and record temperatures in the Mediterranean. Not to mention the wildfires that recently swept across Australia and parts of Nord- and South Amerika because of extreme drought.

Radical measures

The report warns that only large-scale and radical measures will allow us to limit the temperature to below 2 degrees. If we don’t do this, the warming will become more and more intense. This means increasingly stronger weather extremes and a stronger sea level rise. In any case, we need to reduce CO₂ and other greenhouse gas emissions even faster if we aim to achieve the Paris target. Then the emissions must be halved by 2030 and by 2050 the emissions must be zero. If we do that, these efforts could have a measurable effect on air quality and the atmosphere within a few years. And in about 20 years we can observe an effect on global temperature as follows.

Frontrunners put sustainability first

Sustainability was already a high priority, but since the arrival of the new report, many large emitters have put sustainability as their number one priority. The new sustainability requirements are far from being met without immediate action. Competitors who are early adapters grab the first spots in the new market. This sustainability competitiveness is essential for major change. Proclaiming that your company will be climate neutral by 2050 is no longer enough. Instead, acting quickly and taking steps is now the most important thing.

Curious about the details of the AR6 Climate Change 2021 report? Read more via the following link:

https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar6/wg1/#FullReport

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