Latest IPCC report shows global warming limit of 1.5°C only just still within reach

Press release, 9 August 2021
Reacting to the publication of the sixth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment report, IIED director Andrew Norton said:

“This report is the wake-up call the world needs. It shows the goal of keeping global warming to 1.5°C is still within reach, but only just and only if urgent action is agreed in the run-up to and at COP26.

"Recent extreme weather events in the United States, China, India and Europe reinforce what the report is telling us – climate change is already here and we need to act fast.

“G20 countries need to come to November’s climate negotiations with clear plans to wean themselves off fossil fuels and outline long-term strategies to decarbonise their economies.

"Wealthy countries need to pledge more money and agree to a delivery plan to reach the goal of giving US$100bn per year in climate finance to the most climate-vulnerable nations. This finance must be accessible and it currently isn’t – the lives and livelihoods of millions of people depend on it.

“The world’s recovery from the pandemic, and the economic stimulus packages being put in place, offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tackle the intertwined crises of climate change, loss of nature, and rising poverty and inequality. They must be guided by the latest science from the IPCC.”

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