Tag: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

It’s now or never: Scientists warn time of reckoning has come for the planet

The IPCC is unequivocal: we must take urgent action to curb global heating and prevent catastrophe. Will our policymakers and the Cop26 conference be up to the task? At the end of the 60s sci-fi classic, The Day the Earth Caught Fire, the camera pans across the Daily Express case room to a front page […]

By pushing for more oil production, the US is killing its climate pledges | Adam Tooze

If Joe Biden is serious about tackling the climate crisis he must use his country’s leverage to curb fossil fuels, not boost them The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report has driven home just how dangerous the climate crisis is. Faced with this unprecedented and unique challenge, the central question is: can we […]

Boris Johnson: IPCC climate report makes for sobering reading

Prime minister says warning from UN scientists should give world a wake-up call ahead of Cop26 summit Major climate changes inevitable and irreversible – IPCC’s starkest warning yet IPCC’s verdict on climate crimes of humanity: guilty as hell Boris Johnson has described the latest warnings from UN scientists about the extent of the climate crisis […]

IPCC steps up warning on climate tipping points in leaked draft report

Scientists increasingly concerned about thresholds beyond which recovery may become impossible Climate scientists are increasingly concerned that global heating will trigger tipping points in Earth’s natural systems, which will lead to widespread and possibly irrevocable disaster, unless action is taken urgently. The impacts are likely to be much closer than most people realise, a a […]

Johan Rockström: ‘We need bankers as well as activists… we have 10 years to cut emissions by half’

The eminent Earth scientist argues that we cannot just wait for the world order to change when it comes to tackling the climate crisis – we all have a duty to act now Johan Rockström is one of the world’s most influential Earth scientists. As director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, he […]

International climate scientists join call to halt Leeds Bradford airport expansion

Academics write to Robert Jenrick predicting dire consequences for climate crisis if plans go ahead Leading international climate scientists are among more than 200 academics who have written to the government calling on it to halt what they say would be an ecologically destructive expansion of Leeds Bradford airport. Almost 250 professors, academics and researchers […]

Sir John Houghton obituary

Renowned Welsh physicist whose work helped to forge Britain’s reputation as a global leader in climate science The late 1980s marked a key moment for environmental science, matching triumph with looming disaster. Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere had been observed since the late 1950s, at the remote Pacific observatory of Mauna Loa, […]

The environment in 2050: flooded cities, forced migration – and the Amazon turning to savannah

Unless we focus on shared solutions, violent storms and devastating blazes could be the least of the world’s troubles. Civilisation itself will be at risk ‘Good morning. Here is the shipping forecast for midday, 21 June, 2050. Seas will be rough, with violent storms and visibility ranging from poor to very poor for the next […]

Extreme sea level events ‘will hit once a year by 2050’

Climate report says intense storms and loss of marine life are already inevitable Extreme sea level events that used to occur once a century will strike every year on many coasts by 2050, no matter whether climate heating emissions are curbed or not, according to a landmark report by the world’s scientists. The stark assessment […]

We must change food production to save the world, says leaked report

Cutting carbon from transport and energy ‘not enough’ IPCC finds Attempts to solve the climate crisis by cutting carbon emissions from only cars, factories and power plants are doomed to failure, scientists will warn this week. A leaked draft of a report on climate change and land use, which is now being debated in Geneva […]