UN climate report stresses “unprecedented” changes

Oct 08, 2018, 8:06 AM EDT
(Source: Friends of the Earth Scotland/flickr)
(Source: Friends of the Earth Scotland/flickr)

A damning report by the United Nations delivers the most extensive climate warning yet, stressing the need for “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented” societal changes to restrict global warming, which if not limited to less than targeted in the Paris agreement, could result in extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty.

The 33-page report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) screams of the tussles between climate researchers and political class but makes a strong case, with facts and numbers, for urgent climate action, writes the BBC.

The IPCC report explicitly spells out the tangible benefits of containing warming at less than 1.5 degree Celsius by 2100 instead of the 2 degree Celsius target agreed to at the Paris Agreement, notes Reuters.

The report calls on the policymakers to crank up the share of renewable energy in electricity generation to about 85 percent and overhauling our transportation systems and land management.