A wake-up call to the world. That is how some are describing a new United Nations climate report that is set to provide the most credible evidence yet of a human link to global warming. Its findings, many hope, will shock individuals and governments into taking serious action.
Established by the UN, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has gathered in Paris ahead of the study’s release on Friday. The panel has drawn on years of research by 2,500 scientists from over 130 countries.
Kenneth Denman helped to write the report: “They say: ‘think globally, act locally’ so we are hoping that it will convince people that climate change is real and that we have a responsibility for much of it and that we really do have to make changes in how we live,” he said.
With a separate UN report today saying the melting of mountain glaciers is accelerating, many now see growing evidence that greenhouse emissions are responsible for these changes along with sea level rises, temperature increases and problems of water availability.