A new report has been published by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which states that based on current levels of greenhouse gas emissions, the planet will reach 1.5 degrees C by 2030 which will result in severe global consequences
The IPCC is an international team of researchers who suggest that global warming is getting dangerously high and if the planet's temperature reaches 1.5 degrees C lives will be greatly affected. Sea levels would rise hugely meaning islands such as the Maldives could be put underwater and 10 million more people would be at risk of floods. In addition, coral reefs would be completely wiped out, the Arctic would melt and certain key crops growing around the equator would be at risk.
Hence, this is the final call to make changes before the planet overheats in less than 15 years' time.
The IPCC's report states that our planet is far from where it should be temperature wise and we're now moving towards 3 degrees C. In order to stay below 1.5 degrees C the report quotes that "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society" will be required which will inevitably be extremely expensive, but we still have just enough time if we take action now.
The full report by the IPCC can be accessed HERE
Globally, we know that the biggest areas for emissions come from fossil fuels being burned for heat, power and travel. These are the areas that need priority but other sectors too are coming under scrutiny. Young people's love of fast fashion is one sector emitting significant emissions and is therefore, a major source of the greenhouse gases that are overheating the planet. The “Hothouse Earth” as it is now being called.
Here at Comply Direct we are planning mutually agreed team and individual commitments in order to reduce both our company and personal carbon emissions. We must ALL change our ways; from nation to nation, from financial institutions to individuals - all drastically doing everything we can to cut down on greenhouse emissions. The time for debating whether climate change is for real is over. It is time for action.