Summary: Landmark report paints a far more dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought. If greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate, the atmosphere will warm up by as much as 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit (1.5 degrees Celsius) by 2040. Avoiding the most serious damage requires transforming the world economy within just a few years.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen used her annual state of the union address to call on China and other nations to join the EU in its ambitious plans to combat climate change and to meet Paris Agreement targets.
When a cautious, science-based and largely apolitical group like the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says the world must utterly transform its energy systems in the next decade or risk ecological and social disaster, attention must be paid.
Emissions reductions proposed in this latest study dramatically increase the amount of fossil fuels that would need to stay in the ground to meet Paris targets.