From polar bears to coral reefs, the natural world is facing up to mass extinctions unless governments are prepared to act now and make meaningful cuts in CO2 emissions. Just a 2°C hike in global temperature will lead to a serious change in the world we live in, while anything above 2°C could result in a major collapse of the natural environment. This latest IPCC report may show that it’s already too late to prevent some of global warming's impacts. The natural world can only adapt to so much, warns WWF.
"I hope that this latest report from the IPCC, that shows the enormity of the impacts of global warming on nature and our own lives, wakes governments up," says Hans Verolme, Director of the WWF Climate Change Programme. "We could be responsible for the next mass extinction of species if they do not act to stop carbon pollution now."
On Friday, Feb. 2, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued the first of three working group reports of its Fourth Assessment Report on the underlying science of climate change in Paris. It has been six years since the last assessment report and according to the IPCC’s Working Group I, humans are the primary cause of the build up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. These greenhouse gases are causing global climate change. The report of Working Group II, to be released in Brussels on April 6, 2007, will assess impacts, adaptation and vulnerabilityof the Earth to climate change. It will look at consequences for the environment and nature, for agriculture, forestry and fisheries, health and disaster prevention.