Scientists are calling a “code red” on climate change in a new report released Monday by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
This report is Not. Fooling. Around. It says that the climate changes we are currently experiencing globally are unprecedented and the flooding, heatwaves, wildfires, and storms will only get worse.
The culprit for these changes is unequivocally carbon dioxide, greenhouse gases, and other air pollutants which humans have been pumping into the earth at alarming and increasing rates. Even adherence to the Paris climate accord may not be enough.
“If this IPCC report doesn’t shock you into action, it should,” Helen Mountford of the World Resources Institute told USA Today. “The report paints a very sobering picture of the unforgiving, unimaginable world we have in store if our addiction to burning fossil fuels and destroying forests continues. One of the most striking takeaways is that we may reach 1.5°C of warming a decade earlier than the IPCC had previously found.”