United Nations researchers reveal the IPCC climate report that gives the world a stark warning about climate change
The report is conducted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It is the first global assessment on the science of global heating since 2013. This is the strongest statement on the science of climate change.
What is the IPCC?
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a UN body set up in 1988, and assesses the science around climate change. It provides Governments with the scientific information they can use to develop policies on global heating.
This report is a summary, that details the science of climate change and its predictions for the decade ahead. It is made up of hundreds of the world’s foremost climate scientists.
After two weeks of virtual conversations between scientists and Government representatives. This is the first part of three assessments to be released on climate change. The report details all of the significant changes to the planet in the next decade.
Key points from IPCC report
The key takeaways from the report are the rising temperatures, caused by humanity. The temperature at the surface has warmed 0.24 degrees since 2013.
Earth will hit 1.5°C in the next 20 years. Human influence on climate is “unequivocal”. Abrupt tipping points can’t be ruled out. Net-zero could stabilise warming below 1.5°C by 2100.
Humanity, through its actions, or lack of, has “unequivocally” overheated the planet. There is a strong emphasis on world leaders to make immediate changes now.
“This report must sound a death knell for coal and fossil fuels, before they destroy our planet. If we combine forces now, we can avert climate catastrophe. But, as the report makes clear, there is no time for delay and no room for excuses.”
– UN secretary general
"If we reduce emissions to #NetZero by 2050, we can keep temperatures close to 1.5C." #IPCC Working Group I Co-Chair @valmasdel on today’s release of the #IPCC’s latest #ClimateReport. pic.twitter.com/WKLWLVeWeA
— IPCC (@IPCC_CH) August 9, 2021
The report has now laid out all of the scientific evidence that suggests climate change is an emergency and should be treated like it. Human fingerprints can be traced throughout the climate system.
The impacts are worse than previously predicted and will grow costlier if immediate action is not taken. Governments and businesses must halve pollution between 2020 and 2030 to reach full carbonisation by mid-century.
There is a strong emphasis on what humanity does in this decade that will determine the future.
“Every decision, every investment, every target, needs to have the climate at its core.”
Helen Clarkson, the CEO of the Climate Group
“Methane and Nitrous Oxide, along with Carbon Dioxide are now higher than at any point in the last 800, 000 years. Yet, Government spending plans for the recovery from Covid-19 are expected to drive carbon emissions to record levels.”
US Environmental Protection Agency
Scientists are observing changes in the Earth’s climate in every region & across the whole climate system, says the IPCC’s latest #ClimateReport, released today.
— IPCC (@IPCC_CH) August 9, 2021
“[This report] is a code red for humanity. The alarm bells are deafening, and the evidence is irrefutable: greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel burning and deforestation are choking our planet and putting billions of people at immediate risk.”@antonioguterres #IPCC
— Ketan Joshi (@KetanJ0) August 9, 2021
Scott Morrison is failing to protect us from the climate crisis.
2030 is the deadline for the climate and if we haven't done enough by then, it may be too late.
Lift 2030 targets now. pic.twitter.com/p0KZCcjcHz
— Adam Bandt (@AdamBandt) August 9, 2021
Our children cannot afford us to delay climate action any longer.
We only have a few short years to act. We need to stop polluting this decade.
This won’t be easy but it can be done.
I refuse to surrender the health of our planet, for that sake of my daughter and her generation
— 💚🌏 Sarah Hanson-Young (@sarahinthesen8) August 9, 2021
Global warming will hit 1.5C by 2040, warns report from world’s scientistshttps://t.co/MLHSlJWuHY
‘Code red for humanity’ in the findings of latest landmark analysis of climate change pic.twitter.com/rbjq8a4AlJ
— Svein T veitdal (@tveitdal) August 9, 2021
Proof of climate change
The fires, floods and extreme weather events that have and are ravaging the world are an example of climate change. Currently, Greece is seeing its highest temperatures in thirty years. And, Turkey and the United States are also experiencing unprecedented heat waves.
These are an insight into what is to come according to the landmark IPCC report.
However, this stark warning comes less than three months before vital United Nations talks in Glasgow, which will determine the future course of our planet.
The IPCC report will now influence Policymakers’ decisions in the lead-up to the COP26 climate meeting in Glasgow. COP26 is a climate summit with world leaders and the United Kindom is hosting this year.
“The innovations in this report, & advances in climate science that it reflects, provide an invaluable input into climate negotiations & decision-making.” #IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee on today’s release of the #IPCC’s latest #ClimateReport.
— IPCC (@IPCC_CH) August 9, 2021
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“Woman. Life. Freedom,” Iran protests now on the world’s stadium
Protests are engulfing Iran as a revolution against oppression spills onto the global stage, with the world unable to turn a blind eye
In Iran, protests are engulfing the country as thousands take to the streets in a revolution against oppression.
Women are cutting their hair and burning their hijabs, demanding some form of change to the strict rules that impact their ultimate freedom.
From the Iranian Revolution in 1979 to the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, the nation’s residents have witnessed their fair share of turmoil.
Many insist that religion, like Islam, is being used as a reason to violate basic human rights in Iran.
Women in the country and around the world, are now lifting the veil on Iran’s corruption.
For nearly forty years, women in Iran have faced a life of control and oppression. Subject to the strict Islamic Republic rules, bound by religion.
There have been protests in Iran before, but nothing like what we see today.
Women and men are filling the streets of the entire country, in a show of solidarity against the regime, putting their lives on the line.
Footage of Iranian women burning the hijabs and cutting their hair has encapsulated social media.
Spilling onto the global stage
The uprising against the regime in Iran and its treatment of women is openly and loudly spilling onto the global stage.
Its voice is so powerful it is even flooding into the sporting arena. In Qatar, Iranian soccer players refused to sing their national anthem before their World Cup game.
While the move from the sporting stars was seen by a global audience, a cloud of fear now looms over the safety and wellbeing of the players returning to their homeland.
As history shows us, sport has often been used as an avenue to express a political stance.
At the 1968 Mexico Olympics, U.S. athlete Tommie Smith raised his black-gloved fist, in defiance of racial segregation.
This is perhaps one of the most iconic moments, illustrating the blurred line between politics and sport.
UN finally calls out Iran
During the Iran protests, footage of authorities using brutal force against protestors sparked global attention and outrage.
Now, the United Nation has called out Iran’s actions.
At its 35th special session, the UN Human Rights Council launched a new investigation. It will independently investigate alleged human rights violations during the protests.
Is Musk flushing Twitter down the drain?
Elon Musk has made plenty of changes to Twitter, but will it make or break the social media platform?
When Elon Musk walked into Twitter with a sink you knew things were about to get interesting.
It’s been a chaotic few weeks of change for the social media platform. Musk quickly showed thousands of employees the door.
Noticeably, he also upended the iconic ‘blue tick’ hierarchy.
The new boss is adamant in making the platform a place of free speech, often using public Twitter polls to dictate his next move.
It’s not very often you have a billionaire and CEO of a tech giant communicate with people everyday via a tweet thread.
While people have been quick to judge Musk’s changes, he remains one of the most successful businessmen in history.
He lead the charge on flying to space with his SpaceX empire and was ahead of the game in the electric vehicle market.
Perhaps, the changes to the platform are a smart move for the company to succeed, despite the abruptness of them.
Proof is in the pudding because the numbers show Twitter has added 1.6 million daily users this week alone, which is an all-time high.
Plus World Cup traffic hit almost 20,000 tweets per second today, breaking another record.
It’s likely Twitter may be more successful in private hands. Financially though, the company has declined, causing widespread concern about its economic stability.
Musk wants to vastly increase the revenue the company makes through subscriptions, but a question mark looms over its ability to triumph.
Suspended accounts debate
Previously, Twitter had banned the accounts of many users, particularly those prone to far-right rhetorics.
Former President Donald Trump’s account had been suspended for nearly a year, alongside conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and controversial Andrew Tate.
Musk asked his followers in a poll if Twitter should “offer a general amnesty to suspended accounts? As Musk says, they haven’t broken the law?”
It all follows a turbulent economic time for the social media giant as it finds its place in the ever changing cyber sphere.
Whether or not Twitter goes down the drain, remains to be seen.
But love him or hate him, Musk has created an entertaining platform, with millions flocking to get a taste of what is the Twitter saga.
Does Donald Trump need Twitter to win in 2024?
Donald Trump is making a political comeback in 2024, but can he gain relevance without Twitter?
Donald Trump is making his political comeback, and Twitter boss Elon Musk has welcomed the former President back to the platform with open arms.
It was only a matter of weeks after taking over that Musk decided to lift Trump’s nearly year-long suspension.
Many expected Trump to jump at the offer and begin flooding our Twitter feeds again.
However, the former President may not want to return to Twitter, but why?
U.S. Commentator Susan Tehrani believes Trump’s decision to withhold his return to Twitter comes back to money.
Twitter was Trump’s favourite app when he was President. He used the platform to drum up support and create buzz. Love him or hate him, Trump undeniably had people right around the world speaking about his latest thought.
In today’s society, people consume news via social media, in particular via Twitter.
With Trump absent from Twitter, it raises question about how he will maintain relevance in social media sphere in the lead up to his 2024 return.
Trump heads his own social media platform ‘Truth Social’, but it has just four million users, opposed to Twitter’s more than 200 million.
Does Twitter need Trump, more than Trump needs Twitter?
With Musk at the reigns of Twitter, the social media giant is shifting its direction. Musk has made it clear he doesn’t believe in the previous ‘blue tick’ hierarchy, quickly scrapping the process.
He has been vocal about his desire for free speech on the platform. However, many are concerned that the changes may have a negative impact.
Although, change isn’t always a bad thing and perhaps Twitter needed a makeover, to keep up with today’s evolving society and array of opinions.
While Twitter is still popular, Musk’s move to reinstate Donald Trump’s account might have been strategic.
Trump is a bold politician, and regardless of his Twitter status, many are wondering what his next move will be.
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