The latest report published by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) underlines the need for swift and profound action in all sectors. Scientists say 2025 is a critical threshold to avoid the devastating effects of climate change.
A liveable world requires rapid change
The IPCC report shows that it will not be possible to limit global warming to the critical temperature of 1.5 degrees Celsius unless action is stepped up. As a result of the scenarios assessed, global greenhouse gas emissions are expected to peak by 2025 at the latest and fall by 43% by 2030 .
IPCC Chairman Hoesung Lee, said: “We are at a crossroads. The decisions we make now can ensure a sustainable future. We have the tools and the knowledge to limit warming. I am encouraged by the climate action taken in many countries. There are policies, regulations and market-based instruments that have proven to be effective. If they are scaled up and applied more widely and fairly, they can support deep emission reductions and spur innovation.”
While scientists stress that steps towards a livable world of the future should be implemented quickly, they say this can be done through global cooperation. The report explains the urgent need to move away from fossil fuels and towards clean energy sources through a collective effort.