Episode 173. BEST IN CLIMATE This is the most sobering report card yet on climate change and Earth’s future. Here’s what you need to know.

The IPCC report released on August 9, 2021 is clear:  We are at a tipping point. Escape from human-caused climate change is no longer possible. Without immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, it will be impossible to limit warming close to 1.5°C or even 2°C   Climate change is now affecting every continent, region and ocean on Earth, and every facet of the weather.  Humanity must take action.

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.

Authors: Pep Canadell, Chief research scientist, Climate Science Centre, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere; and Executive Director, Global Carbon Project, CSIRO; Joelle Gergis, Senior Lecturer in Climate Science, Australian National University; Malte Meinshausen, A/Prof., School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne; Mark Hemer, Principal Research Scientist, Oceans and Atmosphere, CSIRO, and Michael Grose, Climate projections scientist, CSIRO