The UN has released a report on the latest findings about climate change. The report was created by The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a UN body responsible for the science associated with climate change. The report drew from over 14,000 previous studies to come up with a detailed analysis.
Breaking the Carbon Budget
One major finding of the report is that humans will have a carbon budget to keep temperature levels 1.5 degrees Celsius below pre-industrial levels. The carbon budgest is the amount of carbon emissions that can be released before 1.5 degrees Celsius is not reachable. Currently, humans are on track to burn through that budget in 10 years.
The report also mentions a drastic increase of extreme weather. Heatwaves are becoming increasingly more common as are intense snow or rainfall. As well, forest fires are becoming greater and greater, especially as forest fire season grows longer and longer.
In previous UN reports, humans were likely to blame for climate change and global warming. However, this report has placed the blame solely on humans by stating “It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land. Widespread and rapid changes in the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and biosphere have occurred.”