United Nations Report: We Have Ten Years to React to Climate Change

By Berthalidia Acosta

For many years, climate change has been a major problem for our world. Unfortunately, it has only been getting worse as the years go by.

In order to try to solve this problem, scientists and climate researchers are suggesting to keep global warming from rising more than 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F). However, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report saying that in order to reach this goal, it would require 40-50% reduction in emission by 2030. This means a carbon-neutral world with no additional gases in the atmosphere.

Although this may seem impossible, many say that it could happen with the help of new inventions to remove greenhouse gases from the air. The IPCC report also brings hope by suggesting various ways to take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. A few tactics they suggested were growing more forests and burning biomass fuels instead of fossil fuels.

Day by day this problem becomes worse and can lead to more severe problems. Some of the problems caused by climate change include: more heat waves, droughts, sea levels increasing, intense hurricanes, glacier melting, etc. We need to act fast, and even the little things you do count. Recycling, carpooling or driving less, reduce waste, turning off the lights and electronics, and plant a tree, are just a few things to do to help.

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