A report issued by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), says that the planet will reach the crucial threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) by as early as 2030, leading to extreme climate changes like floods, drought, wildfires and food shortages for hundreds of millions of people.
It’s an alarming state as billions of people’s lives are at stake. This whole scenario is based on the current levels of greenhouse gas emission.
Global warming has always been a thing to be really worried about and everybody knows that we don’t have enough time. And now the planet is already two-thirds of the way there, with global temperatures having warmed about 1 degree Celsius.
“This is concerning because we know there are so many more problems if we exceed 1.5 degrees C global warming, including more heatwaves and hot summers, greater sea level rise, and, for many parts of the world, worse droughts and rainfall extremes,” Andrew King, a lecturer in climate science at the University of Melbourne, said in a statement.
In order to tackle this situation, global net emissions of carbon dioxide would need to fall by 45% from 2010 levels by 2030 and reach “net zero” around 2050.
It would require a lot of worldwide changes in energy, industry, buildings, transportation, and cities, the report says. We’ve been misusing these things and we know that the “Bill comes due”.
“The window on keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees C is closing rapidly and the current emissions pledges made by signatories to the Paris Agreement do not add up to us achieving that goal,” added King.
We need to be more responsible for this situation in order to save our motherland from the dark future.