Society would have to enact “unprecedented” changes to how it consumes energy, travels and builds to meet a lower global warming target or it risks increases in heat waves, flood-causing storms and the chances of drought in some regions as well as the loss of species. Keeping the Earth’s temperature rise to only 1.5 degrees Celsius rather than the 2 degrees Celsius target agreed to at the Paris Agreement talks in 2015, would have “clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems,” the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said today in a statement announcing the report’s release. The IPCC met last week in Incheon, South Korea to finalize the report, prepared at the request of governments in 2015 to assess the feasibility and importance of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The report is seen as the main scientific guide for government policymakers on how to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement during the Climate Change Conference in Poland in December.
Anchor- Frank Rausan Pereira
Prof. C.K. Varshney, Former Dean, School of Environment Sciences, JNU
Dilip Sinha, Former Secretary, International Organizations & Environmental Diplomacy, GoI
Chetan Chauhan, Deputy National Affairs Editor, Hindustan Times