Only 12 Years To Save The World

Between the baking summer and Michael Gove suggesting people rummage through each other’s bins for reusable scraps after Brexit, the sense that we’re heading for a Mad Max dystopia is pretty unavoidable. Now a new report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has shown how close we are to complete ecological collapse.It’s looking bad. In fact it’s very, very, very, very bad. The report says that we’re miles off keeping global temperature rises below 1.5 degrees centigrade and are heading for a rise of closer to three degrees without “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”, and that we’ve got as little as 12 years to try and sort it out before everything falls apart. Happy Monday. Here are the report’s other cheery take-homes.That level of warming would be disastrous for a lot more wildlife than 1.5 degrees – the coral reefs would be completely gone at two degrees of warming, for instance – and sea levels would rise by 10 centimetres, meaning an extra 10 million people would be affected by flooding compared to warming of 1.5 degrees. That would also affect our ability to grow crops like wheat, maize and rice, meaning famines and refugee crises would be much more likely.

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