If global warming exceeds critical thresholds, what will the planet look like?

A recent Guardian survey of climate experts indicates that global warming is set to surpass the 1.5C goal, escalating risks of severe natural disasters.

Damian Carrington reports for The Guardian.


In short:

  • Climate scientists warn of intensifying heatwaves, floods, and storms as temperatures climb.
  • Despite low confidence in achieving the 1.5C target, experts emphasize the importance of continued efforts to mitigate climate impacts.
  • Each incremental reduction in CO2 emissions is vital in lessening human suffering.

Key quote:

"Climate change will not suddenly become dangerous at 1.5C – it already is – and it will not be ‘game over’ if we pass 2C, which we might well do."

— Peter Cox, professor at the University of Exeter

Why this matters:

The environmental repercussions of these increasingly severe weather patterns are profound. For example, heatwaves can lead to droughts that devastate crops, disrupt food supplies, and trigger wildfires. Intense storms and floods can cause catastrophic damage to infrastructure, displace communities, and contaminate freshwater supplies. These changes reshape our natural landscapes and threaten biodiversity as species struggle to adapt to rapidly changing conditions.

Extreme weather events such as heatwaves, droughts, and floods have already shown their devastating effects on communities worldwide.

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