IPCC Report Shows World, Canada, Must do More to Mitigate Climate Change

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With the release of the latest special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Monday, scientists’ warnings about the impacts of unmitigated climate change have reached a new level of urgency.

It has been emphasized that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, said the IPCC in its new assessment.

“As one would expect, the report highlights reduced impacts of lower global warming on the otherwise intensifying water cycle, the diminishing ice caps, and rising sea levels,” said Dr. Zafar Adeel, executive director, Pacific Water Research Centre at Simon Fraser University. “It particularly notes that risks of droughts are considerably higher in some regions, including sub-Saharan Africa, West Africa, and the Mediterranean region (which includes southern Europe, the Arabian Peninsula, and Egypt).” To mitigate some of the adverse effects on human wellbeing, the temperature rise would need to be kept below the 1.5 degree Celsius mark, said Dr. Adeel.

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