‘Last opportunity:’ IPCC Climate Report calls for urgent action

The U.N. Secretary-General says the report is “a survival guide for humanity.”

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On Monday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the latest Synthesis Report on Climate Change for the Sixth Assessment Report during the Panel’s meeting in Interlaken, Switzerland.

Titled: “Urgent climate action can secure a livable future for all,” the report summarizes “multiple, feasible and effective options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to human-caused climate change.” The goal is to achieve the 1.5°C limit on global warming per the Paris Agreement.

“We are heading towards 2.2-3.5°C warming,” warned Prof Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization, at the meeting. He emphasized the need to accelerate climate generation for the sake of future generations.

At the same time, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the Synthesis Report “a survival guide for humanity” while suggesting his own Acceleration Agenda to reach global net zero by 2050.

“The climate time-bomb is ticking. But the latest report by the IPCC is a how-to guide to defuse that time bomb,” said Guterres.

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