Hundreds of top scientists released a devastating report Monday on the danger that human-caused climate change poses to the world.
Calling it “code red for humanity” the landmark report was released in Geneva by the United Nations
Almost 200 countries have signed up to the Paris climate accord, which aims to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), ideally no more than 1.5 C (2.7 F), by the end of the century compared to pre-industrial times.
The 3,000-page report “provides an unprecedented degree of clarity about the future of our planet, and the need to reduce – and ultimately eliminate – our emissions of greenhouse gases,” said Zeke Hausfather of the Breakthrough Institute, a global environmental research center.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Climate change report from IPCC warns of a ‘code red for humanity’
“It is more likely than not” that the world’s temperatures will increase to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels sometime over the next 20 years, and 2C by 2100 – the report, authored by 234 scientists in 66 countries, published on Monday said. Temperatures currently stand at around 1.2C above pre-industrial levels.”
The US president said the release on Monday of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report showed that “we can’t wait to tackle the climate crisis. The signs are unmistakable. The science is undeniable. And the cost of inaction keeps mounting.”
The IPCC report, developed over the past eight years by scientists who combed over more than 14,000 studies, shows that the US, like the rest of the world, is running out of time to avoid disastrous climate impacts, with a critical global heating threshold of 1.5C to be reached far earlier than previously expected, potentially within a decade.
Weather extremes, fossil fuel pollution cost US $240 billion: study
“The evidence is undeniable: the more fossil fuels we burn, the faster the climate continues to change,”
“Costs to human health from air pollution caused by fossil fuels averaged $188 billion a year over the past decade, it estimated, while losses from weather extremes such as droughts, heat waves and floods averaged $52 billion.”
“the $240 billion costs, equivalent to 1.2 percent of U.S. gross domestic product”
“The combined cost of extreme weather and pollution from fossil fuels would climb to $360 billion a year in the next decade, the study said.”
How much air pollution comes from cars?
“According to the EPA, motor vehicles collectively cause 75 percent of carbon monoxide pollution in the U.S.”
“The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) estimates that on-road vehicles cause one-third of the air pollution that produces smog in the U.S., and transportation causes 27 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.”
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