IPCC report to deliver climate fight shock

The world will today be warned that it is failing in the fight to halt climate change and global warming.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will announce the results of its latest study in the efforts to fight climate change and the news is set to be dire.

The IPCC will present the Summary for Policymakers of its report “Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability,”

It follows the end of the 55th Session of the IPCC that begun on 14 February in Berlin. The meeting is considering the Working Group II contribution (Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability) to the Sixth Assessment Report.

At the start of the two week event World Metrological Organisation secretary-general Prof Petteri Taalas warned the challenges were significant and the impacts far reaching

“The previous special report, especially on 1.5°C had a very high impact and that was a game changer,” he said. “Earlier our thinking was that 2°C would be enough as an ambitious climate change target. After that, 1.5°C became the desired outcome of climate mitigation work for the coming years.

“From these previous reports, the message from the physics community was very clear. What we have seen happening so far and what is expected to happen during the coming decades and centuries, especially when it comes to melting of glaciers and sea level rise which is unfortunately going to last much longer than earlier estimated.

“The impacts of climate change are already very visible. We have seen them happening worldwide. That was understood by heads of state at Glasgow. There was not a single head of state who questioning the scientific facts.

“The message has been passed and the message has been heard. It is clear that we have especially vulnerable areas of the world, especially in tropical latitudes and developing world, especially Africa, Southern Asia and the Pacific islands are very vulnerable when it comes to climate change. These impacts are already visible worldwide.”

Taalas added: “WMO published last year a report on disaster statistics for the past 50 years and we demonstrated that 4.5 billion inhabitants of this planet have experienced a major weather-related disaster during the past 20 years. There has been a drop in casualties thanks to improved early warning services but we have seen dramatic increases in economic losses.”

“We have to separate impacts from natural variability to impacts from climate change,” he added. “I have often been using the analogy of sports. The Winter Olympic Games in China where we have high performing athletes. If you give them doping substances, then they perform even more effectively. That is what we have done to the atmosphere.

“We have been doping the atmosphere. Our doping has been the use of fossil fuels and that has already led to an increase in disasters and their human and economic impact and bio spheric impact. The problem has been understood.

“The Glasgow conference was the second most successful conference after Paris. But the 1.5°C target is barely alive. The work needs to continue.”

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