From devastating floods to devastating wildfires, the effects of accelerating climate change are increasingly visible as well – and an upcoming report by global climate scientists is providing a “wake-up call” for governments, analysts said on Tuesday.
“We are now observing climate change with our own eyes in ways we did not broadly before,”Corinne Le Quere
“We are now observing climate change with our own eyes in ways we did not broadly before,” said Corinne Le Quere, a climate scientist at the University of East Anglia and a pre-IPCC researcher.
The report, which was produced by world – leading scientists and signed by governments, will examine physical changes occurring and predicting climate change, from more severe extreme weather to high sea levels.
It is expected to affirm that the world is on path to achieve the goals of the Paris climate accord, and that it is now “very difficult” to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial times.
At the governments’ request, they are going to tackle the increasing possibility of “black swan” for the first time.
These are scant odds and major shifts of influence, for example the irreversible melting of major ice sheets, which may result in enormous increases in global sea levels.
A step forward that could result in more policy action is scientists “growing ability to determine precisely to what extent a particular extreme event – from the heatwave to flood – had been caused by climate change.