Actions for a Small Window: IPCC Climate Change Report

 Sheda Morshed  August 17, 2021

Resilient Palisades Clean Air and Water Team Leader

On August 9, 2021, eight-billion alarms were rung by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): The window of opportunity for humanity to slow the rise of global temperatures and avert the worst consequences of climate change is quickly closing.

 

The report, prepared by 234 scientists from 66 countries, states unequivocally that humans are in fact the cause of climate change and we are speeding faster toward harrowing changes than originally estimated. This summer’s unprecedented heat waves in the United States and Canada, devastating floods in Germany and China, raging fires in Siberia, Turkey, Greece and the United States are just a glimmer of what’s to come. California’s ongoing Dixie Fire is the second largest wildlife ever recorded in our state’s history. We have warmed the planet by 2 degrees Fahrenheit since the 19th century, mainly by burning coal, oil, and gas, and both governments and individuals (especially Americans and Chinese) need to start modifying their behaviors today.

 

The good news: We still have a small window of time to limit the extent of climate change. Every pound of reduced emissions will not only lessen the harm over the next few decades but resound for centuries and even millennia to come.

 

Since every pound of carbon, methane, HFC’s, and other global warming emissions can impact the future of climate change, each one of us can make a difference. Stay updated on climate (and ecological) conscious community events by joining the Resilient Palisades email list.

 

Here are a few examples of how you can curb your global warming emissions at home in the Palisades, today:

 

Here is a selection of news reports that provide a digestible overview of the 2021 IPCC report.

 

 

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