British politician and president of COP26, Alok Sharma, has reportedly warned that the impacts of the climate crisis are proving to be much worse than predicted. The news follows the release of a new scientific assessment of the globe’s climate, published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Sharma, who led the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference last year, said that governments need to act more urgently and adapt to the changes or else face global disaster.
IPCC's latest report has found that droughts, floods, and heatwaves will be increasing in intensity and frequency, causing devastating consequences that will affect all parts of the globe.
Sharma stated that authorities need to prepare for the impacts of rapid changes in the climate, which will severely affect people’s daily lives. Based on the stark scientific observations, the minister emphasized that climate talks need to continue at international forums like G20, despite Ukraine’s invasion by Russia.
IPCC is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations that is comprised of world-leading climate scientists, whose latest report, derived from the work of thousands of scientists, took seven years in making.
The report reveals that climate breakdown has pushed the world on the brink of a catastrophic change, needing urgent action to protect people from the inevitable, and in some cases already happening, severe impacts.
Sharma added that the report will act as another wake-up call for policymakers to take immediate action. Warning that if they are slow to react now, then it will prove to be a very costly decision in the future, with more severe impacts.
Major issue of disagreement at the Glasgow summit had been the ‘loss and damage’, which refers to the real impacts of climate change that nations cannot adapt to, such as hurricanes and rising seas.
Although governments of rich countries had agreed on providing aid to poorer nations to help them adapt to climate change, they have neither fulfilled their longstanding pledge of providing $100 billion annually nor agreed on providing any additional funding.
Few civil society groups and developing countries called for action this year but Sharma said that an agreement for a four-year program has already been set up to examine the ‘loss and damage’.