UN Climate Change Report Warns of ‘Code Red for Humanity’

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released a landmark report in Geneva on Monday about the deepening climate emergency, calling it “code red for humanity.”

More than 230 leading scientists from countries around the world have written the report as part of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report. The report is a summary of the latest scientific consensus regarding climate change and what the future foretells through the use of sophisticated climate models and knowledge of past conditions.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told CBS News’ Pamela Falk that “the alarm bells are deafening, and the evidence is irrefutable: greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel burning and deforestation are choking our planet and putting billions of people at immediate risk.”

The report predicted that within the next two decades, earlier than some past predictions, temperatures are likely to rise by more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, breaching the ambition of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

This condition would bring wild weather events such as storms and heatwaves which are expected to worsen and become more frequent. 

The report also mentioned more intense rainfall and associated flooding, more intense drought in many regions, coastal areas to see continued sea-level rise throughout the 21st century, the amplification of permafrost thawing, and ocean acidification as some of the changes that are expected to happen.


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