"Even if we manage to stop the planet warming beyond 1.5℃ this century, we will
still see profound impacts to billions of people on every continent and in
every sector, and the window to adapt is narrowing quickly. These are among the
disturbing findings of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC).
At 1.5℃ warming above pre-industrial levels, the new report projects that, for
example, children under 12 will experience a fourfold increase in natural
disasters in their lifetime, and up to 14% of all species assessed will likely
face a very high risk of extinction. This is our best-case scenario.
Impacts such as these will not be evenly spread, with countries in Africa, Asia
and low-lying island nations set to be hardest hit. Yet these nations are among
the least able to adapt.
We are three vice-chairs of the IPCC, and helped guide the hundreds of
scientists worldwide who authored this report. As the second in a set of three,
this report gives the most up-to-date synthesis of what we know about the
impacts of climate change, and how to adapt to them."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics