The most recent assessment on climate change from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scientists has been described by some African experts as a reminder of the urgent need to address unfavourable weather patterns around the world.
The organization’s recently issued Synthesis Report urges more immediate, ambitious steps to ensure a sustainable future for all.
Five years after the IPCC underlined the extraordinary enormity of the task necessary to keep warming to 1.5°C, the study by 93 authors stated that the challenge has grown even greater as a result of a persistent rise in greenhouse gas emissions.
The IPCC stated that present plans and the pace and scope of past efforts are insufficient to address climate change.
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Commenting on the report, an environmentalist, Nnimmo Bassey said “The IPCC report again confirms that the world is on track to catastrophic climate change. In addition, the UN General Secretary has sounded many alarms. Unfortunately, the polluters and powerful politicians continue to push false solutions such as carbon offsets, carbon trading, net zero and carbon capture and storage — rather than shifting away from polluting fossil fuels. All these mortgage the future of the next generations. It is disturbing that this situation is being tolerated.
Similarly, David Mike Terungwa, Team Lead GIFSEP, Citizens Climate International said “The IPCC report has shown that we are not on the right path to achieving a livable world. This is a further call to global leaders to listen to science. What more evidence do we need? people are dying from extreme weather events. Just a few days ago cyclone freddy wreaked havoc in Malawi and Mozambique, the drought in parts of Kenya and fresh in my mind is the 2022 floods in Nigeria. All of these impacts affect the most vulnerable people, the poorest of the poor while the big polluters and fossil fuel companies keep declaring huge profits that benefit few people. Polluters must pay for these injustices to man and to the earth.
“As citizens, we must rise up and demand climate justice ensuring that we do not vote climate deniers into political offices. The IPCC report is reminding us that we are already in a climate emergency and it will be a dangerous mistake to elect climate deniers.”
Story was adapted from The Authority