UN Issues Report on Human-Caused Climate Change

Headline Roundup August 9th, 2021

On Monday, the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a report on the dangers of human-caused climate change, saying the Earth will cross a critical temperature threshold as early as 2030. The report, prepared by hundreds of scientists, says climate change is intensifying worldwide due to human influence that "has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land"; it also calls climate change a "code red for humanity," and references continued sea-level rise and extreme weather events such as hurricanes and heat waves. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is cited as the main driver of climate change, while air pollutants and other greenhouse gases are highlighted as contributing factors.

The report was a top story on many left- and center-rated news websites Monday morning. It was covered less prominently by right-rated sources.

From the Left
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Climate change is changing Earth in ways that are "unprecedented" in thousands — and in some cases, hundreds of thousands — of years, according to a blistering report released by the United Nations on Monday.

The sobering assessment also found that some changes that are already playing out, such as warming oceans and rising sea levels, are "irreversible for centuries to millennia."

The report is the most comprehensive assessment from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 2013 and provides the strongest case yet for human-caused global warming, saying it's...

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From the Center
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Global warming is happening so fast that scientists now say we'll cross a crucial temperature threshold as early as 2030 — up to a decade sooner than previously thought — according to a sweeping new UN-sponsored review of climate science published Monday.

The big picture: Atmospheric CO2 concentrations were higher in 2019 than at any time in at least 2 million years, and the past 50 years saw the fastest temperature increases in at least 2,000 years, according to the new assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

What they're saying: The report...

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From the Right
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Human-caused global warming from the emission of fossil fuels is already affecting extreme weather in every region across the world, which will become more frequent and intense with every additional increment of warming, the United Nations said in a new report Monday.

Many changes due to past and future greenhouse gas emissions are irreversible for centuries, especially deep ocean warming, ice sheet melt, and sea-level rise.

But the world is inching closer to reaching a temperature threshold that would lead to even worse consequences unless governments take action in the...

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