Climate change could be irreversible
UNITED NATIONS.— The Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC) warned in a report published
on November 2 that, continuing to remain passive in
the face of this situation will have a severe,
generalized and irreversible effect on the world’s
people and ecosystems.
According to the fifth report on the issue realized
by the IPCC, a group created by the UN in 1988, and
with the participation of more than 800 scientists,
human influence on the climate is clear and growing,
with unprecedented changes being registered,
especially since 1950.
“Our research has found that the atmosphere and
oceans are getting warmer, snow and ice caps are
melting, sea levels are rising and the concentration
of carbon dioxide is increasing reaching its highest
levels in 800,000 years,” stated the Panel, which
presented their report in Copenhagen, Denmark.
IPCC repeated its call to the international
community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In regards to the new report, the Secretary-General
of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, described it as
“a clear message from science that time is running
out for humanity,” asserting that climate change
must be met with an immediate response.
According to the Secretary-General, the good news is
that the international community has the necessary
resources avaiable to create a sustainable planet.
It is a myth that actions to combat climate change
are expensive, in reality the price of inaction
would be a lot higher, he stated.
The IPCC report is considered to be a key document
for the Paris Summit negotiations in 2015, where the
UN hopes that global governments will realize an
ambitious and brave climate change agreement, able
to reduce the threat of this phenomenon. (PL)