The AR6 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) paints a troubling picture: Climate change is already impacting every corner of the world, and much more severe impacts are in store if we fail to halve greenhouse gas emissions this decade and immediately scale up adaptation.   

The report list the following high-level findings

  1. Climate impacts are already more widespread and severe than expected.
  2. We are locked into even worse impacts from climate change in the near-term. 
  3. Risks will escalate quickly with higher temperatures, often causing irreversible impacts of climate change.
  4. Inequity, conflict and development challenges heighten vulnerability to climate risks.   
  5. Adaptation is crucial. Feasible solutions already exist, but more support must reach vulnerable communities.
  6. But some impacts of climate change are already too severe to adapt to. The world needs urgent action now to address losses and damages.

Furthermore, it eleaborates on the risks from rising temperatures, both for 1.5, 2 and 3 degrees Celsius.

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A Rapidly Closing Window of Opportunity for Climate Action

The science is unequivocal: Climate change endangers the well-being of people and the planet. Delayed action risks triggering impacts of climate change so catastrophic our world will become unrecognizable.

The next few years offer a narrow window to realize a sustainable, livable future for all. Changing course will require immediate, ambitious and concerted efforts to slash emissions, build resilience, conserve ecosystems, and dramatically increase finance for adaptation and addressing loss and damage.

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