The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate) report as of 8/9/21:
Report confirms that the climate crisis is “unequivocally” caused by human activity; specifically, burning fossil fuels like fracked (“natural”) gas, coal and gasoline, as well as deforestation. It also shows that carbon pollution is surrounding Earth like a heat-trapping blanket and is warming the planet more quickly than anticipated, leading to more intense and dangerous extreme weather events like heat waves, droughts and precipitation events. Unless we stop burning fossil fuels, the report says, the planet is on track to exceed the 1.5 C heating limit at the basis of the Paris Agreement within the next 20 years. Current levels of climate action promised by the 197 nations that signed the Paris agreement are insufficient.
“This report describes the extreme weather emergency we are facing and is a call for immediate, unprecedented action,” David Suzuki Foundation acting executive director Ian Bruce said. “This report also reminds us that our actions matter. The severity of climate consequences is not a matter of chance. Our future will be determined by the choices we make now to eliminate our fossil fuel emissions and transition to a safer, clean energy economy. We send our deepest thanks to the courageous first responders who have been protecting our communities this summer (in Canada for fires) from the extreme heat, drought and fires wreaking havoc throughout the country. For those looking to do their part to address the root cause of this crisis, it’s time to ask all governments everywhere for bold and urgent climate action now.”
The report took eight years to produce, drawing on thousands of scientific papers. It is the most comprehensive assessment of the climate emergency published to date.