Yesterday, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a special report on the impacts of #climate change.
It outlines the dramatic differences that restricting warming to just 1.5°C above pre-industrial temperatures could have on extreme weather patterns, rising sea levels and natural ecosystems.
The effects on human life and the environment will be significantly more severe if temperatures were to rise to 2°C (the level agreed at global climate talks in Paris in 2015).
For instance, at 2°C levels, extreme heatwaves would be experienced by a third of the planet once every five years, virtually all coral reefs would be lost, and the Arctic sea would be free of ice in summer once a decade.
Limiting warming to 1.5°C is still possible but only with “unprecedented changes” to all aspects of society within the next 12 years.
Donors can play a vital role in helping to develop and fund solutions to reduce carbon emissions and global warming. Few donors are focusing on this issue, but more and more looking at how they can start to make a difference.
Just Cause wants to make this critical issue part of its research agenda next year. If you want to get involved, please get in touch.
For an example of our previous research, visit our review of ageing and eldercare needs in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.