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>> A stark warning from the United Nations Panel on Climate. Unprecedented changes are needed across the world to prevent a temperature rise which would increase heat waves, flooding, droughts, and the loss of species.>> The pledges that governments have made over the last three years are not enough to keep warming below 1.5 degree of sea even with ambitious and very challenging efforts after 2030.
>> The preferred 1.5 degree target was set at 2015 Paris Agreement. But the report suggests the world is off track and heading towards 3 degrees instead, that would mean huge changes for the world, including coral reefs being virtually wiped out. And more deadly wildfires are seen in Europe this summer.
The window of opportunity to make a change is not yet closed, but urgent action is needed and fast. According to the reports to change of just 1.5 degrees would reduce species loss and extinction and be of clear benefit for people and ecosystems. Renewable energy is a key factor, it would need to supply up to 85% of electricity to stay within the target, much higher than its current 25%.
The report is seen as the main guide for governments on how to implement the Paris Accord and could prevital when world powers meet for the next climate change conference in Poland this December.