An international panel of climate scientists from the United Nations issued a warning on Sunday, saying that the Earth is currently locked on an “irreversible” course of climatic disruption due to the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and that, should the nations of the world fail to agree to dramatic cuts in pollution, the impacts will only worsen, according to Al Jazeera.
“Continued emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and long-lasting changes in all components of the climate system, increasing the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts,” concluded the report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which draws on contributions from thousands of scientists from around the world, according to The New York Times.
“If the governments are going to expect the IPCC to do their job,” said Princeton professor Michael Oppenheimer, a lead author of the IPCC’s second report, according to The Huffington Post, they shouldn’t “get caught up in fights that have nothing to do with the IPCC.”
The United Nations panel said that extreme weather, rising sea levels, and melting polar ice due to the soaring levels of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere are what the planet has to look forward to in the future. Nothing short of an unprecedented and, more importantly, global effort to slash emissions within a relatively short amount of time will prevent more dangerous environmental disruptions from triggering.