UN climate scientists sound alarm bells in latest IPCC report
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published its latest report, warning the world it is 'now or never' as it is extremely likely the most ambitious climate targets will be missed.
The IPCC warned limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial temperatures is no longer realistic, at least not within a decade, as previously agreed.
Scientists and researchers expect climate disasters and catastrophes to become so extreme that humanity will not be able to adapt.
"Basic components of the Earth system will be fundamentally, irrevocably altered. Heat waves, famines and infectious diseases could claim millions of additional lives by century’s end," according to the report.
The IPCC Sixth Assessment Report assessed all impacts of climate change, looking at ecosystems, biodiversity, and human communities at global and regional levels.
It also reviewed vulnerabilities and the capacities and limits of the natural world and human societies to adapt to climate change.
U.N. Secretary General António Guterres has demanded that developed countries - such as the EU and United States, eliminate carbon emissions by 2040, a decade earlier than the rest of the world.