IPCC report warns of irreversible future

Natalie Bartelt, News Editor

Developed by 270 scientists from 67 countries, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) on Monday, Feb. 28 discussing the planet’s fate if immediate climate action is not taken by governments around the world.

Chairperson of the IPCC Hoesung Lee claimed, “This report is a dire warning about the consequences of inaction…it shows that climate change is a grave and mounting threat to our wellbeing and a healthy planet.”

AR6’s Biodiversity Fact Sheet details many risks that come with a warming planet. Numerous statements of likeliness that species would increasingly go extinct were incorporated throughout the document. It stated, “All biodiversity hotspots are impacted, to differing degrees, by human activities…” The report furthered to say that though not commonly recognized as so, climate change is connected to “human health” and “livelihoods.”

The assessment’s “Summary for Policymakers” full report noted that if the planet reaches 1.5 degrees celsius in the “near-term” which is noted to be 2021-2040, it would result in “multiple climate hazards” and provoke risks to “ecosystems and humans.”

The press release stresses “a narrowing window for action.” It states that the research “underlines the urgency for climate action, focusing on equity and justice.”

IPCC’s AR6 report ends on one final note: “Any further delay in concerted global action will miss a brief and rapidly closing window to secure a liveable future.”