Should this report be taken seriously?
Should this report be taken seriously? The report suggests that the findings may seem alarmist, but the cause for alarm is genuine. It argues that though the data is there for all to see, bodies like the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are not projecting the doomsday scenario realistically enough—that they are “erring on the side of least drama”.
It also suggests: “We must never forget that we are in a unique situation with no precise historic analog. The level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is now greater, and the Earth warmer than what human beings have ever experienced. And there are alm
According to the study, we are moving towards an existential crisis at a much quicker run than previously thought. It even questions the efficacy of the Paris Agreement that aims to cap global temperature rise to 3-5°C. That’s bad enough for disaster, the BNCCR says. “…3°C of warming already constitutes an existential risk,” says the study.
Mumbai, Shanghai and other cities are at risk.
The study says: A 3°C rise in temperatures would correspond to a 0.5m rise in sea levels endangering coastal areas around the world. “If climate change was to reach 3°C, most of Bangladesh and Florida would drown, while major coastal cities — Shanghai, Lagos, Mumbai — would be swamped, likely creating large flows of climate refugees,”
Besides, when temperatures rise more than 3°C, the domino effect will be hard to roll back. A 4°C rise could annihilate up to 80-90% of the global human population, say the study.
The think-tank estimates that if nothing is done, by 2050 up to 1 billion people currently residing in West Africa and the Middle East will have to relocate because the climate conditions there will make these places unliveable. Other parts of the world will experience more than 20 days of “record-breaking heat waves and wildfires, more intense flooding and more damaging hurricanes” every year.
“Climate change is now reaching the end-game, where very soon, humanity must choose between taking unprecedented action, or accepting that it has been left too late and bear the consequences.”
This is a warning for all of us. Especially when told on, World Environment Day.
What do you think ?