World on brink of surpassing critical climate threshold, UN warns

The United Nations cautions that imminent climate targets may be breached, with global temperatures predicted to exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius, urging immediate action to mitigate severe future impacts.

Damian Carrington reports for The Guardian.


In short:

  • A survey revealed that nearly 80% of top IPCC scientists anticipate a temperature rise above catastrophic levels.
  • The urgency for action is echoed by climate leaders, emphasizing the narrow window to adhere to the 1.5C goal.
  • Stakeholders express frustration over the disconnect between scientific warnings and political, economic actions.

Key quote:

"The science is clear and so are the world’s scientists: the stakes for all humanity could not be higher."

— Official spokesperson for António Guterres, UN Secretary General

Why this matters:

This expected increase in temperatures isn't just a matter of hotter days; it encompasses a cascade of effects that could severely disrupt ecosystems, economies, and livelihoods. Rising sea levels, more frequent and severe weather events like hurricanes and droughts, and significant impacts on biodiversity are just a few of the potential consequences. These changes threaten to overwhelm natural and human systems, which are already struggling to cope with current climate variability.

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