Key statistics from the United Nations climate report

Key statistics from the United Nations climate report

Key statistics from the United Nations climate report

The new report will feed into a process called the 'Talanoa Dialogue, ' in which parties to the Paris accord will take stock of what has been accomplished over the past three years.

A new report issued by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) makes it abundantly clear that the time for talking is over and that immediate action needs to be taken to prevent a global disaster that could affect millions of lives.

In elaborating, "As part of the decision to adopt the Paris Agreement, the IPCC was invited to produce, in 2018, a Special Report on global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways".

The unequivocal message from the United Nations backed body on climate change, calling on all governments to step up efforts to slow down global warming and reduce carbon dioxide pollution is expected to set the context for negotiations to be held in Katowice, Poland, at the end of the year.

The Paris Agreement was adopted by 195 countries at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2015, and created to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change.

"We welcome the conclusions of this historic report, one that should give the worldwide community not just a wake-up call, but also hope that we can avoid the most devastating impacts of climate change", said Bill Hare, Climate Analytics CEO.

The US is the "biggest" obstacle to forming a global coalition to fight climate change and the world needs to unite against the "obstructive approach" of the US, the CSE said while asserting that Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) can not be the only way ahead to address the climate change. But the planet would remain under that 1.5-degree threshold.

"There are some areas we are making progress quickly enough that they are compatible with 1.5C, the example of renewables is one, where we've seen costs falling and deployment across the world".

"This important report testifies to the breadth and policy relevance of the IPCC", said Hoesung Lee, chair of the IPCC. People will have to change their energy use and even the foods they eat.

The IPCC report, which was produced with the help of 91 authors and review editors from 40 countries, was approved over the weekend at a meeting in South Korea.

The report says the rate of warming caused by human activities is speeding up and that global emissions would need to fall by 45% by 2030 - twice as fast as previously envisaged.

"We appreciate the hard work of the scientists and experts, many from the United States, who developed this report under considerable time pressure", an EPA spokesperson said in a statement.

To slash that to less than 1.5C as laid out in the Paris agreement will require "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society".

- The global temperature is now rising by 0.2C per decade.

"The government (is) supportive of small business, of industry, of farms, and of coal mining", he said.

The report fired up activists even as critics dismissed the deadline as another arbitrary "climate tipping point", as Climate Depot's Marc Morano put it.

This report shows the longer we leave it to act, the more hard, the more expensive and the more unsafe it will be.

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