A new report from the UN claims climate change tipping points are upon us and ‘the worst is yet to come.’
The dire warnings, published by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, suggest greenhouse gas emissions must be immediately and significantly limited to prevent global temperatures from rising. According to the panel, “Life on Earth can recover from a drastic climate shift by evolving into new species and creating new ecosystems, humans cannot.”
Referring to feedback loops, which emerge from human activity and speed the global warming process, the report suggests, “The worst is yet to come, affecting our children’s and grandchildren’s lives much more than our own.” One tipping point the panel addresses is the potential for the Amazon rainforest to turn into a savannah.
Unprecedented rising sea levels, heatwaves, and wildfire seasons, also threaten our current way of life and the future of the climate. Contrary opinions suggest the development of the climate is not necessarily negative, and human evolution will allow us to remain on the planet.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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