UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change urges haste


Interlaken BE – The average global temperature has risen by 1.1 degrees since the beginning of industrialization. If the rise is to be limited to 1.5 degrees, CO2 emissions must be halved by 2030, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change writes in its new synthesis report.

If global warming is to be limited to 1.5 degrees, drastic measures must be taken. This is the conclusion of the sixth synthesis report presented by the UN Inter governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC ) on March 20 after a week of deliberations in Interlaken. According to this, the average global warming is already 1.1 degrees. If the cap set by the 2015 Paris climate agreement is to be met, global CO2 emissions would have to be halved by 2030. Any further warming will lead to a rapid escalation of hazards, he said.

The world’s population will be affected differently by these threats, co-author Aditi Mukherji is quoted as saying in the IPCC release on the report. “Nearly half the world’s population lives in regions that are highly vulnerable to climate change.”

The IPCC report points out that adapting the world to climate change could go hand in hand with improving the living conditions of many people. These included access to clean energy, improved health, and new employment opportunities.

The world has enough capital to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the report said. Governments would have to provide public funding for this and give clear signals to investors. If existing technologies, existing knowledge and sufficient financial resources were made available, CO2 emissions could be reduced everywhere in the world.

“We live in a diverse world where everyone has different responsibilities and different opportunities to effect change,” IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee is quoted as saying in the release. “Some can do a lot, while others need support to help manage change.” stk