Global warming is getting worse
The effects of global warming are appearing faster than expected, according to a major new scientific report. It could soon become much harder for humans and nature to cope. The results are picturing a harrowing future in which floods, fires and famine displace millions of species disappear and the planet is irreversibly damaged.
It seems like nations aren’t doing nearly enough to protect cities, farms and coastlines from the hazards that climate change has already unleashed, such as record droughts and rising seas, let alone from the even greater disasters in store as the planet keeps heating up.
Written by 270 researchers from 67 countries, a report includes “an atlas of human suffering and a damning indictment of failed climate leadership,” said António Guterres, the United Nations secretary general.
In the coming decades, as global temperatures continue to rise, hundreds of millions of people could struggle against floods, deadly heat waves and water scarcity from severe drought, the report said. Besides, mosquitoes carrying diseases like dengue and malaria will spread to new parts of the globe. Crop failures could become more widespread, putting families in places like Africa and Asia at far greater risk of hunger and malnutrition. People unable to adapt to the enormous environmental shifts will end up suffering unavoidable loss or fleeing their homes, creating dislocation on a global scale.
According to the mentioned report, in order to avert the most catastrophic impacts, nations need to quickly and sharply reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases that are dangerously heating the planet.