The breakthrough study warns of increasingly dangerous heatwaves, droughts and flooding, and a key temperature limit being broken in just over a decade for Climate change reports.
The report “is a code red for humanity”, states the UN chief.
However, if the world acts fats, a catastrophe can be evaded, say scientists.
It is expected that the deep cuts in the productions of greenhouse gases could stabilize rising temperatures.
Resonating the scientists’ findings, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said: “If we combine forces now, we can avert climate catastrophe. But, as today’s report makes clear, there is no time for delay and no room for excuses. I count on government leaders and all stakeholders to ensure COP26 is a success.”
The serious assessment from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) features in a 42-page document called the Summary for Policymakers.
It leads to a sequence of reports that will be circulated over the coming months and is the first chief review of the science of climate change since 2013. Its announcement comes less than three months before a critical climate summit in Glasgow known as COP26.
The IPCC is a UN body established in 1988 to measure the science around climate change and provides governments with scientific information.
The IPCC’s document boldly states that “it is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, oceans and land”.
As per Prof Ed Hawkins, from the UK University of Reading, and one of the report’s authors, the scientists cannot be any clearer on this point.
“It is a statement of fact, we cannot be any more certain; it is unequivocal and indisputable that humans are warming the planet.”