"This decade is the critical moment for making deep, rapid cuts to emissions,
and acting to protect people from dangerous climate impacts we can no longer
avoid, according to the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
The synthesis report is the culmination of seven years of global and in-depth
assessments of various aspects of climate change.
It reiterates that the world is now about 1.1℃ warmer than during
pre-industrial times. This already results in more frequent and more intense
extreme weather, causing complex disruption and suffering for communities
worldwide. Many are woefully unprepared.
The report stresses our current pace and scale of action are insufficient to
reduce rising global temperatures and secure a liveable future for all. But it
also highlights that we already have many feasible and effective options to cut
emissions and better protect communities if we act now.
Many countries have already achieved and maintained significant emissions
reductions for more than ten years. Overall, however, global emissions are up
by 12% on 2010 and 54% higher than in 1990. The largest rise comes from carbon
dioxide (from the burning of fossil fuels and industrial processes), followed
The world is expected to cross the 1.5℃ temperature threshold during the 2030s
(at the current level of action). Already, the effects of climate change are
not linear and every increment of warming will bring rapidly escalating
hazards, exacerbating more intense heatwaves and floods, ocean warming and
coastal inundation. These complex events are particularly severe for children,
the elderly, Indigenous and local communities, and disabled people.
But in agreeing to this report, governments have now recognised that human
rights and questions of equity, loss and damage are central to effective
This report also breaks emissions down to households – 10% of the
highest-emitting households contribute 40-45% of global greenhouse gas
emissions, while 50% of the lowest-emitting households (including small islands
communities), contribute less than 15% of overall greenhouse gases."
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics