Climate Change

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Climate change is not a prediction, it is happening now. UN scientists warned human-induced climate change is causing dangerous and widespread disruption in nature, with people and ecosystems least able to cope being the hardest hit. The highly anticipated report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), approved by 195 member states, makes clear that minor, reactive, or incremental changes are no longer sufficient to tackle the climate emergency. “This report is a dire warning about the consequences of inaction,” Hoesung Lee, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said. “It shows that climate change is a grave and mounting threat to our wellbeing and a healthy planet. Nearly half of humanity is living in the danger zone – now. Many ecosystems are at the point of no return now. Unchecked carbon pollution is forcing the world’s most vulnerable on a frog march to destruction. The sad part of the story is that we are not doing much to adapt to climate change, which makes us more vulnerable to its adverse impacts that may threaten the world’s food and water security and result in large displacements among the population. The impact of changing climate is already becoming conspicuous in some states where thousands of farmers have lost their livelihoods due to frequent drought conditions, leading to a significant increase in poverty and hunger. While some measures, such as the tree plantation campaign, have successfully been implemented in certain areas, we do not see much seriousness on the part of some major carbon emitters to take more action to mitigate the negative effects of climate change. As Guterres said the world’s biggest polluters are “guilty of arson of our only home”. No effort in isolation will be able to alleviate the potentially disastrous impact in the long term. There is a dire need to develop a comprehensive framework linking its mitigation efforts to the world’s industrial, agricultural, energy-related and other policies and enforce it in letter and spirit to reverse the impact of fast-changing climatic conditions.

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