Global warming continues to be a pressing concern with reports highlighting the need for immediate attention and action. Prominent scientific organizations and international agencies have presented evidence underscoring the seriousness of the climate emergency.
Escalating Temperature Records:
According to sources like NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) 2022 witnessed the highest temperatures ever recorded. This persistent trend of increasing temperatures remains prevalent with 2020 holding the record as the year on record. This ongoing rise in temperature poses a threat to our ecosystems, weather patterns and global food security.
Unprecedented Polar Ice Melting:
The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) emphasizes that polar ice is melting at a rate in the Arctic region. This accelerated melting contributes to rising sea levels putting communities and low lying areas worldwide at risk.
The emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) not contribute to global warming but also result in ocean acidification. The worlds oceans are absorbing an amount of this CO2 leading to a decline, in seawater pH levels.
The acidification of the oceans poses a risk, to marine ecosystems, including reefs, shellfish populations and overall ocean health. This is a concern raised by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Increasing Incidents of Severe Weather Conditions:
The occurrence of weather conditions is, on the rise with hurricanes, droughts, floods. Wildfires becoming more frequent and intense. According to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) climate related disasters accounted for a 91% of recorded disasters between 2000 and 2019.
Source: UNDRR 2020 Annual Report
Biodiversity Under Threat:
Climate change plays a role in the loss of biodiversity. Changes in temperature and precipitation patterns disrupt ecosystems leading to degradation of habitats and extinction of species. The Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) highlights the interconnectedness between climate change and the decline in biodiversity. Source: IPBES Global Assessment Report
Global Commitments and Agreements:
The international community recognizes the urgency of addressing the climate crisis. Is taking steps towards it. The Paris Agreement, established in 2015 aims to limit warming to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre industrial levels with an aspiration to restrict it even further to 1.5 degrees. Numerous nations have committed to achieving zero emissions by mid century.
Source: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Time for Immediate Action:
Recent updates on warming emphasize the need for action to mitigate its impacts. Supported by evidence from sources such, as NASA, NOAA, IPCC, UNDRR and IPBES the reality of the climate crisis cannot be denied.
To effectively tackle this challenge it is imperative for people, communities, businesses and governments, across the globe to take action in reducing greenhouse gas emissions shifting towards renewable energy sources and enacting policies that safeguard our environment. We cannot afford to delay as the repercussions of inaction are already growing more severe.
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