Watch live as the IPCC releases landmark climate report, the warning time to save the planet is almost over.
A new “devastating” report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is expected to warn the world running out of time to avoid a 1.5 ° C warming.
World leaders have pledged to avoid that figure, and UK ministers hope the new document will serve as a “wake-up call” for polluters. Britain is hosting Cop26, the next summit on the climate crisis, in Glasgow in November.
The IPCC report will be the first comprehensive assessment of scientific knowledge on the human threat to the environment since 2013.
2C warming possible by mid-century
A drastic reduction in carbon over the next two decades would “very likely” keep global warming “well below” 2 ° C, estimates Valérie Masson-Delmotte, an IPCC expert. Then the temperatures will slowly drop.
If nothing changes, however, the atmosphere will warm by 2 ° C by the middle of this century, she warns.
This figure is the ceiling deemed acceptable by the countries signatory to the Paris Agreement in 2015.
Jon sharmanAugust 9, 2021 09:34
14,000 studies assessed for new report
Experts evaluated some 14,000 scientific articles to produce the latest IPCC report, the organization said.
And 264 authors wrote the document before several dozen countries approved its content.
The recent changes in Earth’s climate are “unprecedented for thousands of years, or never seen before,” according to Fanmao Zhai of the IPCC.
Sea level has risen faster in the past 100 years than at any time in the past three millennia, he added. “The retreat of glaciers globally since the 1950s is unprecedented in the past 2,000 years,” he said.
Jon sharmanAug 9, 2021 9:30 AM
No surprises in the IPCC report, according to Thunberg
Climate activist Greta Thunberg reacted to the publication of the IPCC report.
She wrote on Twitter: “The new IPCC report contains no real surprises. This confirms what we already know from thousands of previous studies and reports – that we are in an emergency. It’s a solid (but careful) summary of the best science available today.
“He doesn’t tell us what to do. It is up to us to be courageous and to make decisions based on the scientific evidence provided in these reports. We can still avoid the worst consequences, but not if we continue as today, and not without treating the crisis as a crisis. “
Jon sharmanAugust 9, 2021 09:24
Conference of the Head of the World Meteorological Organization
Petteri Taalas, head of the World Meteorological Organization, says there is still a chance to stop the worst effects of climate change.
The world could heat up by 2.3 ° C by the end of this century.
Extreme heat, forest fires, rising sea levels, loss of food crops and other problems could ensue, Taalas said.
Governments must also pay attention to climate adaptation, including through early warning systems, he adds.
Jon sharmanAugust 9, 2021 09:19
“No one is safe”
Inger Andersen, executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, now tells the press conference that “the world has listened, but has not acted forcefully” on previous climate crisis warnings.
She adds, “No one is safe and it gets worse faster. We must treat climate change as an immediate threat.
“It’s time to get down to business because every tonne of CO2 contributes to global warming. “
Not enough countries have submitted plans to achieve net carbon emissions in time for the November Cop26 summit in Glasgow, she said.
Jon sharmanAugust 9, 2021 09:13
The press conference begins
Abdalah Mokssit, Secretary of the IPCC, made some introductory remarks during the press conference.
The latest IPCC document is “one of the strongest and most important reports the IPCC has produced,” he said.
Jon sharmanAug 9, 2021 9:09 AM
Our full story: New IPCC report warns of 1.5 ° C warming potential sooner than expected
The goal of limiting global warming set in the Paris Agreement risks becoming out of reach without urgent action, warns the world’s leading authority on climate science, the crisis already affecting all regions of the planet, write Daisy dunne and Louise boyle.
Some of the impacts, such as global sea level rise, could be “irreversible for centuries or even millennia”, according to the most comprehensive assessment to date by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the UN.
The group of 234 scientists from 66 countries have found “it is more likely than not” that the world will reach 1.5 ° C above pre-industrial levels over the next 20 years – with the risk of warming far more important climate if little is done to tackle rapidly increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Temperatures are currently around 1.2 ° C above pre-industrial levels.
Jon sharmanAug 9, 2021 9:02 AM
“Everything is in ashes”: how apocalyptic forest fires in Greece could become the norm
Looking at the burnt trees in front of her home, Antonia Anastasopoulou, 60, talks about the children who will not come to visit Parnitha Forest on weekends, a common habit among many Athenians.
“This forest was Athens’ oxygen producer,” she says from her home in Varybobi. “The fire spread so fast. Now everything has turned to ashes.
Days after the first fire started in Athens, dozens more across the country are still burning, still threatening villages, thousands of hectares of farmland, tourist areas like Evia and Gytheio, and archaeological sites like the ancient Olympia, write Nikolia Apostolou and Marina Rigou.
Jon sharmanAug 9, 2021 8:57 AM
Minister defends Alok Sharma’s air travel
If you remember, last week Alok Sharma was in hot water due to his hectic travel schedule, soaring to more than two dozen countries this year despite being president of Cop26.
Kwasi Kwarteng defended Cop26 chairman Alok Sharma’s overseas trips ahead of the summit, arguing that “if you’re trying to conduct international diplomacy, if you’re trying to build trust with other people, I think face to face meetings are essential for this.
The business secretary told Sky News: “I think this is a critical situation, I think we really need to focus on net zero. I am very optimistic that we can do that but I think Alok is right to point out the risk that we may not be able to achieve this goal. “
He added: “Cop26 is a big international event, it is probably the biggest international event of international diplomacy that we have organized in decades and it has to go forge these alliances, it has to create networks, it has to hold the people’s commitments. and that involves trips abroad. “
Video conferencing software “has its limits,” Kwarteng said.
When asked if the government is offsetting Mr Sharma’s carbon footprint, he added, “We are looking for ways to reduce carbon all the time across government.”
Additional reports by the PA
Jon sharmanAug 9, 2021 8:47 AM
The IPCC press conference will take place at 9 a.m.
The IPCC press conference announcing the publication of the report will take place at 9 a.m.
It will be a busy time. We’ll have our full story on the document here for you to read as well.
Jon sharmanAugust 9, 2021 08:29