The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change fifth assessment report has been released, warning that the effects of climate change are already been felt across the world and are likely to become “severe, pervasive and irreversible” in the years to come. The report, which the UN says is the most comprehensive assessment of the catastrophic impact of climate change on the world, is the most comprehensive to date.
The report explains that climate change will effect every single person on the planet, with rising temperatures already having an impact on agriculture, human health, and water supplies.
The report, based on follows on from an earlier IPCC report released last year that comprehensively determined that humans are to blame for rising global temperatures, which called for policy-makers to take greater steps to combat the causes of climate change. Today's report continues that call.
According to today's report, the effects of climate change will continue to get worse in the future, and could lead to widespread health problems and violent conflicts over land and resources. Populations in the Global South, already dealing with the effects of climate change, will continue to suffer disproportionately.
Commenting on the IPCC report, Green leading candidate Ska Keller said, “The report shows a familiar tragedy: The poorest - those who contribute the least to global warming - have to face the worst consequences of global warming. And they have the smallest means to adapt to a changing climate. Only bold steps that reduce emissions can keep our climate in check.”