A new report from an international United Nations panel has warned that, without immediate and substantive action to improve energy efficiency and cut greenhouse gas emissions, the damage humans have done to the Earth will be irreversible. This means that there will be a worst case scenario for the Earth's environment, which will impact countries all across the globe.
The report was released earlier this week by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), made up of scientists from places around the world. They warn that, if greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced to zero by the year 2100, there will be no stopping the devastating impact this will have on the planet. They say stronger policies are needed, as well as advancements and more use of energy-efficient technologies.
"Continued emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and long-lasting changes in all components of the climate system, increasing the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts," the panel wrote in the report. It goes on to note that many of the effects of global climate change that have already happened will continue for centuries.
Leaders in the UN said that science has definitively spoken on this issue, and that humans no longer have time to waste before coming up with a solution. The UN wants to set a goal of the temperature rising no more than an average of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial times. This means that governments, business leaders and individual citizens will need to do whatever they can in order to improve their energy efficiency.
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