The window of opportunity for preventing catastrophic climate change is narrowing fast, warns a newly released special report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report lays out stark differences between a 1.5°C temperature increase, which the world may reach by as early as 2030, and the 2°C limit set under the Paris Climate Accord. The authors believe that reaching the more ambitious 1.5°C target is feasible but will require urgent and far-reaching measures at the international, national, and sub-national levels.
In this summary, you will learn
- How a 1.5°C increase in global temperatures will affect ecosystems and human livelihoods, and
- How the world can steer away from catastrophic climate change.
About the Author
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the international body tasked with assessing the science relating to climate change.