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The UN's Latest Climate Report Is a 'Code Red for Humanity'

"This report is a reality check."
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The United Nations' (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just released a report that is a wake up call for every single one of us. It's gotten so bad that the UN is basically sounding code red for humanity.

The whole report is eye-opening and you should definitely read all of it as it details the irreversible changes that are already set in motion. Sea levels rising, global warming, and greenhouse gas emissions included.

"This report is a reality check," said IPCC Working Group I Co-Chair Valérie Masson-Delmotte. "We now have a much clearer picture of the past, present, and future climate, which is essential for understanding where we are headed, what can be done, and how we can prepare."

It's not only about temperature. Climate change affects wind, snow, and ice, to name a few. And, it's all connected with the water cycle, reduced oxygen levels, and a problem we all know too well: flooding. The report lists even more multiple different changes in different regions.

Right now, the next step should be to focus on cutting greenhouse gases and air pollutants. It's easier said than done, but it can allow us to determine the climate's future course.

"Stabilizing the climate will require strong, rapid, and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and reaching net zero CO2 emissions. Limiting other greenhouse gases and air pollutants, especially methane, could have benefits both for health and the climate," said IPCC Working Group I Co-Chair Panmao Zhai.

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