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“On a Track to True Climate Catastrophe” – Experts Respond to Landmark IPCC Report

“The report, whereas complicated, carries a sobering and easy message: we’re on a observe to true local weather disaster.” – Benjamin Sovacool Professor of Vitality Coverage within the Science Coverage Analysis Unit (SPRU) and Director of the Sussex Vitality Group

UN scientists just lately launched a landmark study detailing humanity’s damaging affect on the local weather as a ‘assertion of truth’, and revealing that ongoing emissions of warming gases might see a key temperature restrict damaged in simply over a decade. 

The 42-page doc from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) additionally states that a rise in sea ranges approaching 2m by the tip of this century ‘can’t be dominated out’.  

The evaluation report is the primary in a sequence, which shall be launched in 4 phases over the following 12 months. It’s publication comes lower than three months earlier than the UN Climate Change Convention, COP26, hosted by the UK and due to happen in Glasgow in November.

Experts from the College of Sussex have been responding to the report, which is the primary main evaluate of local weather change science since 2013. 

Benjamin Sovacool Professor of Vitality Coverage within the Science Coverage Analysis Unit (SPRU) and Director of the Sussex Vitality Group, was concerned within the IPCC report as lead writer for chapters on Mitigation, and contributing writer for chapters on Vitality Methods and Transport. He stated: 

“The report, whereas complicated, carries a sobering and easy message: we’re on a observe to true local weather disaster.  And whereas the science is sound, analysis is required to look at why and below which circumstances initiatives could be a profitable driver of change, and which insurance policies, institutional adjustments, governance buildings, and authorized regimes would help adjustments.” 

“So as to be sure that world warming doesn’t exceed 2°C temperature ranges, speedy, transformative, and sustained motion is required.  The world is ready to deplete its carbon price range in a matter of years, not a long time.  We should act with an urgency not like another problem going through human historical past.”

Professor Joseph Alcamo is the previous Chief Scientist of the United Nations Atmosphere Programme and has co-authored IPCC studies since 1995. Now, as Professor of Environmental Methods Science and Director of the Sussex Sustainability Analysis Programme (SSRP), he stated: 

“The predictions of the IPCC report, in addition to the warmth waves, floods and wildfires we’re experiencing day to day, are deplorable however not stunning. For not less than three a long time the primary science has been clear on local weather change, however for 3 a long time our response has been too weak.

“A stronger response could have to come from all components of society, and eventually the combat in opposition to local weather change could have to be linked up with our different massive fights … in opposition to poverty, starvation and inequality.”

Dr. Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson, Senior Researcher in Climate Change, Well being and Migration, and an IPCC knowledgeable reviewer, stated: 

“That is an extremely necessary report which clearly states the looming, and really actual, risks and dangers posed by climate change. From the impacts of utmost warmth occasions upon outside labour’s security and productiveness, to the hyperlinks between air air pollution and declining well being, and growing sea level rise that would lead to pressured actions and displacement.

“The evaluation highlights necessary findings from a huge physique of scientific analysis, such because the Lancet Countdown studies of which I’m a co-author. We want substantive adjustments to assist defend our planet and humanity.”

Dr. Melissa Lazenby, Lecturer in Climate Change, stated: 
“It couldn’t be extra well timed for the sixth IPCC evaluation report to come out in the present day. Experiencing and residing by means of a pandemic and having to rapidly create insurance policies primarily based on the science needs to be a lesson realized and one taken ahead with the most recent local weather science that the AR6 has now offered of their newest report.

“Many of the globe now experiences some type of local weather impacts due to human exercise that has prompted the speedy warming developments we’ve got been experiencing. It will solely worsen, and we’ve got clear scientific proof of the reason for this warming.  It’s time to act globally on this very urgent subject and scale back our emissions with the steering and management of all international locations.

“The AR6 report couldn’t be clearer, the scientific proof couldn’t be clearer – motion is required now.”

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