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Watch live as IPCC publishes landmark climate report warning time is running out to save planet 2021-08-09 at 08:01

A “devastating” new report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns the world is running out of time to avert the climate crisis

Drastically cutting carbon in the next couple of decades would “very likely” keep global heating “well below” 2C, IPCC expert Valerie Masson-Delmotte sats. If nothing changes, however, the atmosphere will warm by 2C by the middle of this century, she warns.

And UN secretary general Antonio Guterres said the report was a “code red for humanity”.

He warned: “The alarm bells are deafening, and the evidence is irrefutable: greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel burning and deforestation are choking our planet and putting billions of people at immediate risk.

“Global heating is affecting every region on Earth, with many of the changes becoming irreversible.

UK ministers hope the new document will act as a “wake-up call” for polluters. Britain is hosting Cop26, the next climate crisis summit, in Glasgow in November.

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<p>Smoke fills the skies above Evia as wildfires rage on the island</p>

Smoke fills the skies above Evia as wildfires rage on the island

This astonishing image was taken from one of the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites and shows the ongoing wildfire on the island of Evia in eastern Greece.

The blaze on Evia, the second-largest Greek island in both area and population after Crete, quickly spread on several fronts.

Thousands of acres of forest across the northern part of the island were ablaze, forcing the evacuation of dozens of villages. More than 2,000 people have been evacuated since the fire broke out on Tuesday.

Sam Webb9 August 2021 13:55
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UN chief: ‘Billions are at risk’

Responding to the report, UN secretary general Antonio Guterres said it was a “code red for humanity”.

He warned: “The alarm bells are deafening, and the evidence is irrefutable: greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel burning and deforestation are choking our planet and putting billions of people at immediate risk.

“Global heating is affecting every region on Earth, with many of the changes becoming irreversible.

“The internationally agreed threshold of 1.5C is perilously close.”

He urged countries to urgently step up efforts and set out national plans for cutting emissions this decade ahead of a crucial UN climate summit taking place in Glasgow in November.

He called for an end to coal-fired power plants and fossil fuel exploration, a shift to renewable energy and funding to protect vulnerable communities, and said Covid-19 recovery spending must be in line with climate goals.

Sam Webb9 August 2021 13:16
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PM says coal must go

<p>Johnson says the UK must shift to clean energy sources</p>

Johnson says the UK must shift to clean energy sources

Boris Johnson said today’s report is “sobering” reading and that the next decade is going to be “pivotal to securing the future of our planet.”

He added: “We know what must be done to limit global warming – consign coal to history and shift to clean energy sources, protect nature and provide climate finance for countries on the frontline.”

The UK government, which has adopted a 2035 deadline for a 78% emissions cut, will publish its strategy on cutting UK emissions to zero by 2050 this autumn.

Sam Webb9 August 2021 12:49
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Sharma: ‘We must act now’

Conservative climate chief and COP26 President Alok Sharma said:

“The science is clear, the impacts of the climate crisis can be seen around the world and if we don’t act now, we will continue to see the worst effects impact lives, livelihoods and natural habitats.

“Our message to every country, government, business and part of society is simple. The next decade is decisive, follow the science and embrace your responsibility to keep the goal of 1.5C alive.”

Sam Webb9 August 2021 12:30
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Starmer: ‘PM lacks ambition required’

<p>Starmer slammed the UK government’s response to the climate crisis</p>

Starmer slammed the UK government’s response to the climate crisis

Keir Starmer says PM Boris Johnson lacks the aspiration needed to tackle the climate crisis.

The Labour leader said:“The IPCC report is the starkest reminder yet that the climate crisis is here right now and is the biggest long-term threat we face.“

It confirms that the extreme weather events of recent months are only going to become more frequent, and that we need urgent action both to drive down emissions in this decisive decade and to adapt to the changes to our climate that are already baked in.

“The biggest threat we now face is not climate denial but climate delay. Those who, like our Prime Minister, acknowledge there is a problem, but simply don’t have the scale of ambition required to match the moment.

“Our communities and planet can no longer afford the inaction of this government, who are failing to treat the crisis with the seriousness it deserves.

“A Labour government would deliver the action we need to drive down emissions, with progressive solutions for our citizens, and leadership on the international stage to ensure a global effort to tackle the climate and nature crisis and limit global heating to 1.5 degrees.”

Sam Webb9 August 2021 11:59
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Caroline Lucas: ‘We face extinction’

<p>Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas during the launch of the party’s manifesto yesterday</p>

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas during the launch of the party’s manifesto yesterday

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas tweeted: “We’re in danger of going down in history as species that chose to monitor its own extinction rather than taking urgent steps to avert it.

“The #IPCC has produced climate reports for over 30 years – each sounding alarm bell more loudly. Time to act is now.”

The former party leader has written exclusively for the Independent about the crossroads humanity has reached, and what steps we must take to avoid a cataclysm.

Read more here.

Sam Webb9 August 2021 11:35
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‘Thousands will take to the streets’

The COP26 Coalition, a UK-based coalition of NGOs and other groups, called the publication of the report a “rallying cry” for climate activism.

Spokesperson Mim Black said: “This year’s COP26 is happening at a crucial moment in history. Across the world and across movements, we are seeing a new wave of resistance, global solidarity and grassroots organising.

“This year, we have a unique opportunity to rewire our system as we recover from the pandemic. We can either intensify the crisis to the point of no return, or lay the foundations for a just world where everyone’s needs are met.

“Today’s IPCC report makes clear that the powerful have tried to avoid the evidence and hide from warnings for decades – and we’re now paying for it.

“This November, the people will be out in force. We will challenge governments’ and corporations’ green rhetoric, empty promises and downright hypocrisy. Thousands will take to the streets in Glasgow and across the world to demand urgent and meaningful action is finally taken, which holds big polluters to account while looking after those least responsible for this crisis.”

Sam Webb9 August 2021 11:00
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‘We must enhance climate literacy’

Valerie Masson Delmotte, co-chair of working group I, said she hoped the IPCC report would “enhance climate literacy worldwide” and be used to help teach students and inform political decision-making.

“You can note that main headline statements, our key scientific findings, are expressed in plain language so that they are accessible to everyone,” she told a press conference.

“We also worked hard to make sure figures could be intuitively understood.

“What we really would like is that this whole report helps enhance climate literacy worldwide, is used in teaching worldwide for teenagers for students so that they can learn the latest, best available knowledge.”

Sam Webb9 August 2021 10:40
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Wildfires tear through Greece

Pefki threatened as enormous blaze devours forests

It was today reported that uncontrolled wildfires have forced thousands of people to flee their homes on the Greek island of Evia after a blaze ripped through vast areas of pristine forest.

Residents described losing entire villages to the flames while the country’s prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, said Greece had suffered a “nightmarish summer”.

Meanwhile, the report concludes it is “virtually certain” that heatwaves – a key factor in wildfires – have become more frequent and more intense since the 1950s, with human-caused warming being “the main driver” of these increases.

Some of the heat extremes seen over the past decade would have been “extremely unlikely to occur” without the climate crisis, it adds.

Sam Webb9 August 2021 10:18
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10 key takeaways from world’s most comprehensive climate assessment

Climate Correspondent Daisy Dunne has put together a handy summary of 10 of the IPCC report’s key findings.

These include that every region on Earth has already been affected by the climate crisis, CO2 levels are at the highest level in two million years, and changes to ice, oceans and sea levels are‘ irreversible for centuries’.

Read the full article here.

Sam Webb9 August 2021 10:12

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