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The UN’s Latest Report on Climate Change and How Your Business Can Make a Positive Impact

The 2018 U.N report published from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) carries an urgency of action if we are to avoid devastatingly high levels of global warming. This report on climate change is an urgent reminder to why companies should go Green before the damage becomes irreversible.

The good news is that there’s still time to act.

Impact of 1.5°C temperature would make the difference

The report states that if the Earth’s temperature rises by only 1.5°C instead of the target of 2°C agreed to in 2015, it could keep the global sea level rise at 0.1m. We could reduce flooding and lower the numbers of species lost; and reduce the amount population suffering water stress by 50%.

The result of the temperature rising to 2°C will heavily impact the climate

At 2°C there are higher chances of heat-related deaths and forest fires during the hot days, insects and plants are almost twice as likely to lose half of their habitat and corals would have a 99% loss.   

“One of the key messages that comes out very strongly from this report is that we are already seeing the consequences of 1°C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic seaice, among other changes,” said Panmao Zhai, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group in a press release.

Panmao Zhai, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group

The current emissions of greenhouse gases are warming the world’s oceans and it is predicted that the average sea level rise will be 24-30 cm by 2065 and 40-63 cm by 2100.

There are numerous ways to start clamping down on carbon emissions and it’s never too late to become green.

Here are some ways you can be part of the change to save our planet:

– Become less dependent on coal and other fossil fuels and look towards the use of renewable energy such as wind and solar. 

– Cut down on deforestation as this drives climate change. It’s not just a loss of species that are affected due to the loss of trees; trees help perpetuate the water cycle and without them, many of our lands will dry out.

– Invest in technologies and industries, which are proactive in their hunt to building a sustainable and energy efficient future.

According to the UN report, several hundred million people will be exposed to climate-related risks by 2050. The melting polar ice sheets and higher average sea levels will lead to flooding and destruction of coastal ecosystems.

If this alarming news has flooded your heart with a need to act, we would love to hear about the changes you are making or how you are helping in the war against climate change.  We can expect to hear more from the UN, with the next annual United Nations Conference on Climate Change set for December 2018.

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