Climate Change Report Highlights Multiple Challenges

Jason Samenow notes that a careful reading of the latest report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change emphasizes that “climate change is just one of many drivers of future environmental woes, that there are significant uncertainties in the future pace of climate change and that the effects will be spread out unevenly. And furthermore, they note the report finds some adaptation measures show promise for coping with global warming’s worst effects.”

“A take-home theme of this latest IPCC report and past editions – conveyed across the the board –  is that climate change risks increase dramatically the more it warms, and that reducing greenhouse gas emissions lowers the risk of the most unwelcome consequences (and need for adaptation).”

Infographic showing the risk of climate change for different degrees of warming (IPCC)

“Irrespective of whether climate change is the primary cause of future challenges or a contributing factor, the report stresses the need for adaptation initiatives to confront its risks to agriculture, water resources, and human health among other areas.”

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