Major new climate report calls for action now to secure our future
Human-induced climate change is causing dangerous and widespread disruption in nature and affecting the lives of billions of people around the world, despite efforts to reduce the risks. People and ecosystems least able to cope are being hardest hit, said scientists in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, released this week.
“This report is a dire warning about the consequences of inaction,” said Hoesung Lee, Chair of the IPCC. “It shows that climate change is a grave and mounting threat to our wellbeing and a healthy planet. Our actions today will shape how people adapt and nature responds to increasing climate risks.”
What is the IPCC?
The IPCC was formed in 1988, bringing together the world’s leading climate experts in order to develop comprehensive reports on the state of our knowledge of the climate. Their aim is to ensure government advisors and policy-makers can make informed decisions based on the latest science. They also analyse how climate change and nature loss is linked.
The world faces unavoidable multiple climate hazards over the next two decades with global warming of 1.5°C (2.7°F). Even temporarily exceeding this warming level will result in additional severe impacts, some of which will be irreversible. Risks for society will increase, including to infrastructure and low-lying coastal settlements.
The IPCC report shows how species are being pushed to extinction.
The report recognizes the interdependence of climate, biodiversity and people and emphasizes the urgency of immediate and more ambitious action to address climate risks.
Dr Sharon Redrobe OBE, CEO of Twycross Zoo, said: “This report reiterates an issue of which we’re already too aware: the human impact on our world is taking its toll. Climate change is putting many species and eco-systems at risk. There has never been a more critical time for Twycross Zoo to deliver our vision of educating and inspiring people to care about and save the other species with which we share our planet. Once built, The National Science and Conservation Centre will support conservationists and scientists with a world class facility when they need it the most to be able to impact our global crisis. Half measures are no longer an option.”
Twycross Zoo East Midland Zoological Society’s bid to the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund for a National Science and Conservation Centre was approved last year, propelling the zoo, Leicestershire and the UK right into the heart of the fight against the global extinction crisis.
The National Science and Conservation Centre will be a purpose-built centre located adjacent to Twycross Zoo and will support conservationists and scientists from around the world with a facility for both research and teaching. The work at the centre will focus on conservation; animal welfare; biosciences; STEM activities and public engagement with science and will include a unique 200-seater venue for scientific conferences.
What can you do?
Favour products with sustainably sourced palm oil over not sustainably sourced.
If your favourite product or brand does not state if the item contains sustainable palm oil, you should contact them to find out.
Did you know approximately 19% of worldwide global palm oil is RSPO certified – consumers choosing products/brands which use sustainable palm oil will force other companies and suppliers to switch to sustainable palm oil.
Recycle your old mobile phones and mobile devices.
The elements used to make them can then be re-used to make new smartphones and reduce the need to material mining.
Did you know 30 – 40 mobile phones recycled can provide 1g of recovered gold to make 33 brand new smart phones.