Climate change is worsening. Consequently, humanity’s window to survive as a species is quickly closing, according to a new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) study. Published on Monday, the IPCC report says humans are disrupting the natural world and making areas uninhabitable.

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“The scientific evidence is unequivocal: climate change is a threat to human wellbeing and the health of the planet,” said IPCC working group 2 co-chair Hans-Otto Pörtner, as reported by The Guardian. “Any further delay in concerted global action will miss a brief and rapidly closing window to secure a liveable future.”

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Droughts. Floods. Heatwaves. Food shortages. Wildfires. Melting glaciers. Thawing permafrost. Mass tree die-offs. Sinking islands. Carbon sinks turning into carbon sources. The IPCC report has all the bad news and then some.

“I have seen many scientific reports in my time, but nothing like this,” said U.N. secretary general António Guterres. “Today’s IPCC report is an atlas of human suffering and a damning indictment of failed climate leadership.”

Key topics in the IPCC report

Seven years in the making, the report collects work from thousands of scientists. Arriving last August, the first installment focused on the physical science. The newly-released second part addresses the climate breakdown’s impacts. Additionally, this installment discusses Earth’s most vulnerable areas and ways to protect them. Soon, a third report will detail how to cut emissions. Next, a last part will arrive at 2023’s COP27 climate summit in Egypt. This report will summarize important lessons for government officials. 

Let’s hope parts three and four meet their respective April and October deadlines, as there is no time to waste. Unless we change our ways, the report emphasizes that humans may soon go the way of the dodo.

Via The Guardian

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