The world’s leading climate science organizations have joined forces to produce a new report that highlights the urgent need to transform key sectors in order to avert dangerous global temperature increases with potentially irreversible impacts.
The report, United in Science, underlines the gap between agreed targets to tackle global warming and the actual reality. It includes details on the state of the climate and presents trends in the emissions and atmospheric concentrations of the main greenhouse gases. It also examines tools to support both mitigation and adaptation.
“The report provides a unified assessment of the state of our Earth system under the increasing influence of anthropogenic climate change, of humanity’s response thus far and of the far-reaching changes that science projects for our global climate in the future. The scientific data and findings presented in the report represent the very latest authoritative information on these topics,” said the Science Advisory Group to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit. “It highlights the urgent need for the development of concrete actions that halt the worst effects of climate change.”
The Science Advisory Group is co-chaired by WMO secretary-general Petteri Taalas and Leena Srivastava, former vice chancellor of TERI School of Advanced Studies. It comprises highly recognized and respected natural and social scientists, with expertise in different aspects of climate change, including on mitigation and adaptation.
The report, which was coordinated by the WMO, aims to present a ‘transparent envelope’ of authoritative and actionable cutting-edge science.
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