IPCC report: Climate change could soon outpace humanity’s ability to adapt
The catastrophic impacts of climate breakdown may soon outpace humanity’s ability to adapt to it, according to a new report.
Co-authored by 270 researchers from 67 countries, the latest report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) describes “an atlas of human suffering and a damning indictment of failed climate leadership,” according to secretary general António Guterres: Half of the world’s population is threatened by water shortages; extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and severe; and more than 14 percent of the world’s species are at high risk of extinction as global temperatures rise.
“This IPCC report marks a turning point in the fight against climate change,” Conservation International CEO M. Sanjayan said in a statement. “It forces us to reckon with a stark reality. The crisis is here, and it is all around us.”
And this is just the beginning. If climate breakdown continues to accelerate, “many parts of the world could soon face limits in how much they can adapt to a changing environment,” reports The New…