(PatriotWise.com)- John Kerry wants to take action on climate change, and he wants to take that action now.
Kerry, who serves as the U.S. special climate envoy, said on Monday that the recent report from the United Nations that details the timeline and severity of global warming requires an “overwhelming urgency” to take action.
The report said Earth will most likely cross a crucial threshold for temperature of 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, by as early as 2030. That’s a decade earlier than many people had thought before.
The report was released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Scientists say that many extreme weather events like storms, heat waves, floods and wildfires will become even more common in the future at this pace of warming that is being fueled by humans. As such, the Earth will soon become a more dangerous and volatile place for people to live.
In response to the report’s release, Kerry said on Monday:
“The IPCC report underscores the overwhelming urgency of this moment. The world must come together before the ability to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is out of reach.
“As the IPCC makes plain, the impacts of the climate crisis, from extreme heat to wildfires to intense rainfall and flooding, will only continue to intensify unless we choose another course for ourselves and generations to come.”
In 2019, the report says, concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere were higher than any time in 2 million years. In addition, temperatures rose at the fastest rate over the last 50 years than at any point in history since at least the past 2,000 years.
The researchers said a future of warming is “locked in” with the current increase in greenhouse gas emissions. They also said some of the climate change aspects will soon become “irreversible” for multiple centuries.
The report also found that the only way to reverse course would be to get to net zero greenhouse gas emissions. That would lead to values that are “net negative,” with more carbon dioxide being sucked out of the atmosphere than added to it.
The 2015 Paris climate accord is focused on reducing that increase in temperature by the year 2100. Just about every country around the world has signed onto that Paris climate accord.
Antony Blinken, the secretary of state, responded to the report as well on Monday. He said it’s “essential” that every country does its part to reduce emissions over the next 10 years.
He pointed to the fact that the Biden administration has committed to a reduction of at least 50% in emissions from the levels recorded in 2005 by 2030.
As Blinken said:
“It is essential that all countries — in particular the major economies — do their part during this critical decade of the 2020s to put the world on a trajectory to keep the 1.5 degrees Celsius limit on warming within reach. We cannot delay ambitious climate action any longer.”