UNPRECEDENTED CLIMATE CHANGE: IPCC’S SIX ASSESSMENT REPORT
The Sixth Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was released on August 9, 2021. This report provides scientific and technical information on how the Earth is changing in every region throughout the whole climate system. The report asserts that climate change is happening faster than previously thought and there is no time left to wait before taking action.
SIMULTANEOUS CHANGES IN MULTIPLE REGIONS ARE GROWING
The Six Assessment Report states that multiple regions in the world are experiencing various intensifying changes. These regions can expect increasing heat waves, longer warm seasons, and shorter cold seasons. These changes will affect wetness, dryness, winds, snow, and ice.
This latest report from the IPCC provides a clear warning for humans to take immediate action to slow global warming or face catastrophic consequences for our planet. Climate change is now happening everywhere at once. This is primarily due to the actions of the human race at large.
HUMAN ACTIVITIES ARE TO BLAME FOR THESE CHANGES
The report explains how climate change is largely due to human activities, which are responsible for roughly 1.1°C of the global warming we’ve been experiencing since 1850 to 1900. Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius will require rapid, mobilized, and far-reaching changes in all aspects of society.
Due to human activities, most of the world’s population is now exposed to climate change-related risks. Given this increased carbon footprint, more efforts should be made on our part to adapt to those risks. The report emphasizes how humans have the capability to determine the future of our climate.
WE CAN STILL CHANGE THE COURSE OF OUR CLIMATE
The main culprit of climate change is carbon dioxide (CO2). In order to reduce carbon emissions from human activities, we must contribute to the sustained reduction in greenhouse gases and other air pollutants. This is our chance to stabilize our climate conditions.
Reducing the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that are released into the atmosphere will help change the course of our climate. Although stabilizing global temperatures may take anywhere from 20 to 30 years, there will still be immediate benefits in terms of cleaner air.
A Call for Reduced Carbon Footprint and Sustainability
The IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report is a true eye-opener with a clear call to action for everyone in the world. This should encourage us to find ways to reduce our carbon footprint and promote sustainability in various aspects of our lives. Only by doing so can we help ameliorate the rapid and intensifying effects of climate change on a global scale.