UN climate report calls for immediate action on climate change Children’s news article

IPCC climate change report calls for immediate action to avert disaster (United Nations)

On August 8, 2021, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its first Evaluation of climate science since 2013. The news was not good. The report indicated that this past decade was the hottest in 125,000 years and that the atmospheric carbon levels are the highest for at least 2 million years. Ice cream parlors are melting faster than ever for over 2,000 years and sea levels are rising twice as fast as since 2006.

At the current rate, researchers expect global temperatures to rise by at least 3.6 ° Fahrenheit (1.5 ° Celsius), from pre-industrial levels, over the next 20 years. Temperature increases will cause important changes in the planet’s water cycle. Areas that currently receive a lot of rain will receive significantly more, while laughed at regions will become more and more inclined To droughts.

The IPCC report predicts severe weather conditions over the coming decades (Credit: IPCC [2021])

The conclusions of the IPCC, gleaned hundreds of scientific reports, come as no surprise to the millions of people around the world who are currently feeling the effects of climate-related disasters. In the United States, the 104 major wildfires currently burning in 12 states have cumulatively burned over 2.4 million acres.

The Dixie Fire, the largest in the country, has devoured 725,821 acres – roughly three times the size of Manhattan – since its launch on July 13, 2021. The blaze, which is only about 40 percent contents as of August 23, 2021, is already one of the largest wildfires on record in California. It’s right behind the August complex fire, which consumed more than a million acres in 2020.

Satellite photo of wildfires burning in the western United States on July 16, 2021 (NASA)

Many southern European countries are also struggling with major fires. More than 500 fires in Greece have forced thousands of evacuations and burnt big windrows from the forests of Evia, Peloponnese and Attica, the historic region surrounding the capital of Athens. The extreme heat of the region has also inflamed hundreds of fires in Sicily and Calabria in Italy.

Meanwhile, a unprecedented A weeklong storm in July 2021 caused flash floods and mudslides in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Germany was the hardest hit. Whole cities were flooded Along with water, several train lines and roads were destroyed by flash floods, and hundreds of lives were lost.

Simple lifestyle changes can help reverse climate change. (National Ocean Service)

Climate change is even impacting the coldest and most from a distance Regions. On Wednesday August 18, 2021, scientists at the Summit Station, a research facility atop the Greenland ice sheet, experimented the first rainy event in recorded history. It was also only the third time in less than a decade that temperatures above freezing point have been recorded at the Arctic research station.

The situation may seem hopeless. However, many experts believe that it is not yet too late to turn the tide, provided everyone acts now. As governments must do their part by imposing and adhering to stricter carbon emissions legislation, individuals can also help. Drive less, keep water and reducing electricity use are great ways to start. Adopt the 3 Rs of durability – Reduce, reuse and recycle – will help conserve natural resources and energy. It will also save you and your community – who must allocate land and resources for dispose waste – a lot of money. Be sure to start doing your part to save our beautiful home today!

Resources: Theguardian.com, CNN.com, Globalnews.ca