Ultimatum to avoid a climate catastrophe.

2 years ago

The latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), presented on Monday, April 4, states that we would be in time to limit the temperature increase to 1.5ºC by taking immediate action.

When reaching peak emissions in 2025, we should take immediate and significant measures to achieve this goal, such as stopping using coal by 2050, and reducing gas and oil consumption by 60%-70%, among others.

Hoesung Lee, Head of the IPCC, has stated in the third and final part of its Sixth Assessment Report that “We have the tools and the knowledge to limit warming”.

This document is the largest analysis of climate change so far, and contains a clear warning: if global emissions do not peak and start to decline by 2025, it will be almost impossible to avoid a climate catastrophe.

Emissions continue to rise.

Although the Paris Agreement was signed by various governments around the world in 2015, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions have continued to grow in all major economic sectors from the period 2010 to 2019, according to the report.

If this situation continues, it will lead to serious consequences such as a warming of 3.2°C by the end of the century, which is over twice as much as the current warming.

Lee also stated in this report that: “The decisions we make now will ensure a livable future”.

The IPCC estimates that this increase will stabilize when we achieve “Net Zero” emissions or climate neutrality. This will happen when the amount of the gases we emit will reach a balance with those that the planet can absorb.

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