Report: The Most Important Takeaway In The New ‘Climate Change Deadline’ Report Is Hidden In The Background

This article discusses the latest IPCC climate change report.

Headlines this week will decry a “stark warning” or coming “deadlines” to address climate change or face catastrophic consequences, as outlined in a new special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

All these headlines are fair, to a point, as the report finds that if the status quo holds, climate change will hit 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming around 2040 and very bad things will happen.

My colleague Michael Marshall explains why emphasizing the notion of a deadline for reaching a point of no return on climate change is rather silly here.

But there’s actually a more salient point in the report that few reporters are highlighting. It’s right here, from the executive summary:

Temperature rise to date has already resulted in profound alterations to human and natural systems, bringing increases in some types of extreme weather, droughts, floods, sea level rise and biodiversity loss, and causing unprecedented risks to vulnerable persons and populations.


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