Headline RoundupMarch 1st, 2022

UN Climate Report Highlights 'Unavoidable' Risks of Global Warming, Urges Action

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The United Nations' climate change panel issued a report Monday, arguing that unchecked global warming presents "a threat to human well-being and planetary health."

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change called for "urgent decision-making" in its report, and said any delay in climate change mitigation efforts "will miss a brief and rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a liveable and sustainable future for all." The report estimates that the world is currently 1.1 degrees Celsius warmer than it was before industrialization, and that if that number rises above 1.5 degrees Celsius, some changes will be irreversible and billions of people will suffer from water shortages, extreme weather events and more. More than 200 scientists contributed to the report.

The report was covered prominently by left- and center-rated sources, many of which framed it as very concerning and indicative of the need to act on climate change and do more to protect the environment. Right-rated outlets covered the report less frequently. Some on the right connected the report to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and framed world leaders pivoting away from fossil fuels as having empowered Russian President Vladimir Putin to take advantage of continued demand for oil and gas in Europe.

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