Alok Sharma, the British minister in charge of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), told media that failure to act now on climate change will result in “catastrophic” consequences for the world. „We can’t afford to wait two years, five years, 10 years – this is the moment,” he said. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is due to release its latest assessment with the most conclusive look yet at the extent of human-made climate change. Previously, in a landmark 2018 special report, the IPCC – the global scientific authority on climate change – concluded and warned that the world only has until 2030 to drastically reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. “I don’t think we’re out of time but I think we’re getting dangerously close to when we might be out of time. We will see [from the IPCC] a very, very clear warning that unless we act now, we will unfortunately be out of time,” Sharma told.
The study to be released is based on more than 14,000 scientific papers. Environmental experts have said it will be a “massive wake-up call” to governments to cut emissions. The world also has seen record-breaking temperatures, raging wildfires and devastating flooding. Leaders from 196 countries will meet the COP26 summit which is run by the UN to try and agree action.