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UN Climate Report urges world to adapt now, or suffer later

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US: Climate change is upon us and humanity is far from ready, the United Nations climate science panel warned in a major report on Monday.

Noting that nearly half the world’s population was already vulnerable to increasingly dangerous climate impacts, the report calls for drastic action on a huge scale: A third to a half of the planet needs to be conserved to ensure future food and freshwater supplies. Coastal cities need plans to keep people safe from storms and rising seas. And more. Read full story

“Adaptation saves lives,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said with the report’s release. “As climate impacts worsen – and they will – scaling up investments will be essential for survival… Delay means death.”

The 3,675-page report is the latest in a series by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) detailing the global consensus on climate science. This report, however, focuses on how nature and societies are being affected and what they can do to adapt.

British, Spanish and Egyptian officials said the report was a call to action. US Climate Envoy John Kerry lamented that too little has been done to adapt to climate change and said the report offered a “blueprint for action”.

“Denial and delay are not strategies, they are a recipe for disaster,” Kerry said in a statement. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said climate change would further threaten both global and local stability. “We know the significant risks climate change poses to our health and safety, and we know the climate plays a decisive role in shaping the trajectory of peace and prosperity in the world,” hr said.

On nearly all counts, the report makes clear that climate change is impacting the world far faster than scientists had anticipated.

Meanwhile, countries have failed to rein in planet-warming carbon emissions, which continue to rise.

“Unchecked carbon pollution is forcing the world’s most vulnerable on a frogmarch to destruction,” Guterres said in a video address Monday. “The facts are undeniable. This abdication of leadership is criminal.”- THE MALAY MAIL

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 – 01:00

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