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New IPCC report reveals 'bleakest warning yet'

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Today the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published Working Group II of its Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), which assesses the risk associated with human-induced climate change.

The report paints the most unpromising assessment yet of the impacts arising from climate change and the potential risks on society, health, agriculture, and the wider environment.

The report incorporates and assesses various factors including climate change impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability. One clear-cut conclusion was that the impacts of anthropogenic climate change are evident and being seen across the entirety of the planet.

Five Key findings from the report include:

  • Everywhere is now affected, with no inhabited region escaping the impacts from rising temperatures and increasing extreme weather events. However, there are big regional variations in impacts and vulnerability, with Africa being particularly vulnerable to the impacts.
  • Droughts, floods, heatwaves, and other extreme weather phenomenon are accelerating and causing increasing damage. Damage from flooding is predicted to increase 10-fold by 2100.
  • Approximately half the global population (between 3.3 and 3.6 billion people) live in areas that have been identified as ‘highly vulnerable’ to climate change.
  • Key ecosystems such as Tropical Rainforests and Permafrost, are losing the ability to absorb atmospheric CO2 and are turning from carbon sinks to sources. Mass die-offs of tree and coral species has also begun.
  • Low lying and small islands across the globe face inundation at temperature rises of more than 1.5°C.

The 36 page IPCC report highlights this threat to human wellbeing and the planets health and calls once again for urgent, transformative action to secure our future. The need to drastically reduce emissions is further highlighted, the report states that we need to ‘halve emissions by 2030 at the latest’.

Rod Wood, Managing Director at Community Windpower, said “The IPCC AR6 second instalment again highlights the urgent need to achieve Net Zero as soon as possible.

“The astonishing findings in the report stress the destructive impacts the world will face if we do not act faster to cut atmospheric carbon emissions.

“Here at Community Windpower we are committed to creating a low carbon future for Scotland and the UK through our continued effort to install more wind farms, as well as, deploying new technologies such as battery storage and green hydrogen”.

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