By Andrew Hunter A new report by the World Resources Institute (WRI) has identified a wide range of factors that are putting the climate crisis on hold.
The report highlights several factors, including the “unprecedented” pace of technological development, the rise of urbanisation and the changing composition of the planet.
The report has been published in the latest issue of the journal Environment and Development.
The main findings from the WRI report are:1.
Global emissions are at record levels.2.
Climate change will continue to worsen over the next century, if not more, and by 2050 the world is on track to reach a peak emissions level of 1.5 degrees Celsius.3.
The world will need to continue reducing emissions by 2050 to avoid dangerous climate change.4.
The rate of carbon dioxide emissions has been increasing at a rapid pace over the last few decades.
The WRI believes that if we do not act now, the world’s population will reach a tipping point and the planet will be in “irreversible” climate change by the middle of the century.
It concludes: “There is still much work to do, but the urgent task of avoiding catastrophic climate change is now as urgent as ever.”
If we do nothing to protect our planet and its people, we will be entering uncharted territory, potentially leading to irreversible climate change that will threaten all of humanity.
“The report comes as the world prepares for the first meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris in December, and as governments are grappling with how to cope with climate change and the impact it will have on agriculture, food security and water supply.