Both society in general and world economic powers have to make a change of “unprecedented magnitude” if they wish to prevent climate change from plunging the planet into chaos. This is the warning made yesterday in the new, yet long awaited report from the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Climate Change, sponsored by the UN in a study that should serve as a basis for the policies of governments around the world and warns that the earth’s surface has become heated to an extent that will cause oceans to rise, bringing a wave of catastrophic storms, tidal waves and drought if it increases by three 3ºC to 4ºC more.
The report, released yesterday in Seoul, estimates that if the current rate of gas emissions continues, the earth’s temperature could rise 1.5ºC by 2030. “The next years are probably the most important in the history of humanity,” warn the experts.
Before the Paris Agreements were signed in 2015, scientists said that if the planet’s global temperature did not increase more than 2ºC, the earth would not be in danger. This report, however, says that the impact of global warming has come earlier than predicted and has had greater force. Unfortunately, neither governments nor industry are likely to follow the report’s proposals.