Assessment by the IPCC
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change, recently released their Sixth Assessment Report. The report evaluates the impacts of climate change at global and regional levels and reviews vulnerabilities, capacities, and limits of the natural world and human societies to adapt to climate change. Key highlights from the report include:
- Every region is affected, with no inhabited area escaping dire impacts from rising temperatures and increasingly extreme weather.
- Up to 3.6 billion people live in areas “highly vulnerable” to climate change.
- Climate hazards and risk have significantly worsened in the last decade (i.e., more intense storms and wildfires, increased flooding, etc.).
- Even at the current levels of warming, millions of people face food and water shortages due to climate change.
- Mass die-offs of species are already under way.
- Anything beyond 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels constitutes a “critical level” in which the impacts of the climate crisis accelerate rap…
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