On Monday, the UN’s International Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) has published a report. Among others, it concludes that if a large-scale reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is immediately started and brought to zero, the increase in the average temperature on the planet as part of global warming by 2050 may be less than 1.5 degrees Celsius.
“That is why it is important that all countries – in particular, the largest economies-contribute to this critical decade of the 2020s to put the world on a trajectory that allows us to keep the warming level of 1.5 degrees Celsius within reach… We can no longer postpone ambitious steps to combat climate change,” said the head of American diplomacy, whose statement was distributed by the State Department.
As Blinken stressed, the current situation requires that “world leaders, private business, and individuals urgently act together, doing everything necessary to protect our planet and the future in this decade and beyond.”
The IPCC is an independent scientific advisory body that summarizes data on climate change on Earth. It was created after scientists first noticed that human activity leads to rapid climate change. The reason for this is greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. The IPCC issues a report on the state of the planet’s climate every six years. This report forms the basis of international agreements on reducing emissions and adapting to climate change. The IPCC includes experts from 195 countries, including Russia.