Heads of government and heads of state will meet again this fall at the Global Climate Summit. There they will continue to negotiate a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. The promises that countries have made so far do not add up to what is needed to achieve the goals of Paris. The new analysis only increases the need to stop burning fossil fuels as quickly as possible, according to the World Meteorological Organization.
In the past 10 months, the United Nations Climate Panel (IPCC) has also released a wide-ranging three-part report on the severity of the climate problem. He has shown that some aspects of climate change are at risk of becoming irreversible for centuries or even millennia. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, warming has already led to significant changes on Earth: in the atmosphere, on land and in the oceans.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said evidence of more extreme weather events has increased. These include heat waves, torrential rains, severe droughts, and tropical cyclones. The report also states that the warming of the oceans is unprecedented. At the same time, according to the Climate Commission, there are sufficient solutions available, but they must be deployed immediately and widely. If not, the 1.5° target would be permanently out of sight.
Not random stats
“The 1.5 score is not a random statistic,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas. “It is an indication of the point at which climate impacts will become increasingly harmful to humans and even the entire planet.” As long as people continue to emit greenhouse gases, temperatures will continue to rise, he says.
“In addition, the oceans will become warmer and more acidic, sea ice and glaciers will continue to melt, sea levels will continue to rise and our levels will become more extreme again.”
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