The United Nations (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published the second part of its sixth assessment report (AR6), examining the causes, impacts and solutions to climate change.
In key findings from the report:
- Human-induced climate change, including more frequent and intense extreme events, has caused widespread adverse impacts and related losses and damages to nature and people, beyond natural climate variability.
- Approximately 3.3 to 3.6 billion people live in contexts that are highly vulnerable to climate change.
- Global warming reaching 1.5°C in the near-term would cause unavoidable increases in multiple climate hazards and present multiple risks to ecosystems and humans.
- Climate change impacts and risks are becoming increasingly complex and more difficult to manage.
- Progress in adaptation planning and implementation has been observed across all sectors and regions, generating multiple benefits. However, adaptation progress is unevenly distributed with observed adaptation gaps.
- There are feasible and effective adaptation options which can reduce risks to people and nature. The feasibility of implementing adaptation options in the near-term differs across sectors and regions
Source: IPCC, 28 February 2022