On Monday, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the second of four reports prepared by the top climate scientists around the world. The report, titled “ Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability,” states that climate change is affecting agriculture, human health, ecosystems, water supply, and people’s livelihoods on every corner of the world.
From the poles to the tropics, devastating, extreme weather has proven that we are not prepared, and therefore very vulnerable to the inevitable climate-related impact that is to come.
Noah Diffenbaugh of Stanford University stated, “There’s been a tremendous increase in the past seven years of the understanding of climate-related risks.” With strong action, the risk of devastating climate change still could be diminished. The report states, a large part of responsibility lies on the government to protect their people from the risks. “The gap between the science and what governments are doing remains huge” says Sandeep Chamling Rai, head of the World Wildlife Fund. “The science is clear and the debate is over.” It is time for people and their governments to take action, if we are to decrease greenhouse emissions and reverse the effects of global warming.
The third report will be released next month in Berlin.