The United Nations’ IPCC report is billed as a ‘final warning’ and a “survival guide for humanity”.
The UN’s flagship report regarding anthropogenic climatic changes has been released with a final warning that could be a parting shot if the world does not get its act together.
Global temperatures are now more than likely to exceed the global average of 1.5 Celsius which could trigger the displacement of billions. Some nations are expected to disappear altogether.
The global south is on the brink of climate disaster
Following extreme temperatures in 2021 across Europe that exceeded 40 Celsius, triggering wild fires and health hazards, very little in the way of mitigation has been pursued by the global north.
The global south on the other hand, which has contributed the least greenhouse gases, has lived through an A to Z of disasters. In particular, Pakistan, which experienced its worst flooding for years with an area the size of the United Kingdom underwater. Millions were left destitute and an increase of mosquito borne diseases are now a risk factor as additional water offers better breeding conditions.
There is hope to end and reverse negative climate change
In the report, Aditi Mukherji, who is one of 93 authors said: “The Climate justice is crucial because those who have contributed least to climate change are being disproportionately affected,”…”Almost half of the world’s population lives in regions that are highly vulnerable to climate change. In the last decade, deaths from floods, droughts and storms were 15 times higher in highly vulnerable regions.”
The report demands an end to the use of coal and the curbing of greenhouse gases by human induced fossil fuel burning. The only alternative is the strong employment of renewable energy in the shape of solar, wind and hydropower.
The panel recommends “measures to adapt to climate change” which include clean water access and enabling sustainable developments via improved governmental funding to better communities and public health.