Published IPCC report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability 

4 Mar 2022

Published IPCC report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability 

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On February 28 2022 the report from the IPCC Working Group II:  Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability was published. Here the full press release.
This report is the second instalment of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), which will be completed this year.
The report highlights how increased heatwaves, droughts and floods are already exceeding plants’ and animals’ tolerance thresholds, driving mass mortalities in species such as trees and corals. These weather extremes are occurring simultaneously, causing cascading impacts that are increasingly difficult to manage. They have exposed millions of people to acute food and water insecurity, especially in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, on Small Islands and in the Arctic.
Moreover, it finds an increasing gap between actions taken on the adaption side and what is needed to deal with the increasing risks, especially among lower-income populations. 
“This report recognizes the interdependence of climate, biodiversity and people and integrates natural, social and economic sciences more strongly than earlier IPCC assessments,” said Hoesung Lee, Chair of the IPCC. “It emphasizes the urgency of immediate and more ambitious action to address climate risks. Half measures are no longer an option.”
The Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres said, in his declaration during the press conference launch of IPCC report: “With fact upon fact, this report reveals how people and the planet are getting clobbered by climate change. Nearly half of humanity is living in the danger zone – now. Many ecosystems are at the point of no return – now. Unchecked carbon pollution is forcing the world’s most vulnerable on a frog march to destruction – now. The facts are undeniable. This abdication of leadership is criminal. The world’s biggest polluters are guilty of arson of our only home. It is essential to meet the goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees. “

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