UN launches "code red" for humanity due to climate change

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Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

The UN launched an urgent call on Monday in the face of the imminent global danger based on a report prepared by the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Climate Change (IPCC), which has one of the biggest and harsh warnings about the instability of the planet.

That is why the "red code for humanity" of the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, who asked the world to find ways to adopt changes to put a limit on global warming because “we owe it to the whole human family”, said in a statement released by the agency.

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According to the IPCC, global warming will be 1.5 ° C more in the next 19 years (2021-2040) and it will stay above that temperature until the end of the 21st century.

The report of that group, integrated to 234 experts, was based on more than 14 thousand studies from around the world and alludes to those responsible for creating policies that affect the environmental situation and how serious effects have been caused by climate change.

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Report comes as wild and destructive fires rage in Northern California, Greece and Turkey among others, floods and landslides in Germany and others in northern Italy, as well as increasingly damaging hurricanes and other natural phenomena that affect the globe.

It also describes how humans have altered the environment at a rapid rate and warns of looming catastrophes unless the world rapidly and dramatically reduces greenhouse gas emissions..

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The Conversation site interviewed climate scientist Robert Kopp, lead author of the chapter on Earth's oceans, ice and sea level rise in the IPCC report regarding the changes expected with the message left by the aforementioned report.

He said that “the facts about climate change have been clear for a long time, and the evidence continues to grow ”adding that“ the planet is changing at an unprecedented rate…these changes are affecting all areas of the planet "; and “although some of the changes will be irreversible, some can be slowed down and some can be reversed by sharp cuts, rapid and sustained greenhouse gas emissions. "

And on what most worries scientists, he assured that "the global sea level has been increasing at an accelerated rate since approximately 1970, and during the last century, has risen more than in any other century in at least 3.000 years ”and that since the fifth IPCC report in 2013 and the special report on the Ocean in 2018 "The evidence for accelerating ice sheet loss has become clearer".

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Regarding the destructive power of hurricanes, Koop said the hurricanes are more intense since the last 40 years, although it is not clear to them if this is due to the effects of greenhouse gases, but it is clearer that “a warmer atmosphere contains more water, leading to more extreme rains… Looking to the future, we look forward to seeing hurricane force winds and hurricane rains continue to increase. ”

Amber Phillips of The Washington Post wrote that former President Donald Trump has called climate change "a hoax.” and others believe tackling climate change is giving in to the left.

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His colleagues in the same newspaper Brady Dennis and Sarah Kaplan, wrote an extensive note on the warning of the UN report in which they recalled that more than 30 years a group of scientists sanctioned by the United Nations warned of the environmental danger. They "were right".

Efforts have been insufficient to curb climate change and that "instead of the kind of emissions cuts that scientists say should occur, global greenhouse gas pollution continues to grow ", They recalled that "the objectives they established under the 2015 Paris climate agreement" have not been met..

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They cite that each of the last four decades has been successively warmer than any that preceded it since 1850. And that "Humans have warmed the climate at an unprecedented rate since before the fall of the Roman Empire" and "to find a time when the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere changed so much so fast, it would have to be rewound 66 millions of years to the meteorite that killed the dinosaurs ".

On his official Twitter account, President Joe Biden addressed the situation: “We can’t wait to tackle the climate crisis. The signs are unmistakable. The science is undeniable. And the cost of inaction keeps mounting. (We are eager to address the climate crisis. The signs are unmistakable. The science is undeniable. And the cost of inaction keeps rising)”.