United Nations to announce landmark IPCC climate change report findings

With heart-stirring pictures of floods and fires spreading across the news, the United Nations climate science panel is reportedly set to release its much-awaited forecasts for global temperature and sea levels.

The assessment is conducted by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is reviewed through 14,000 scientific papers. It will be the most up-to-date analysis of how global warming will affect the world over the next few decades.

According to scientists, the news will most likely be terrible, but there will be "nuggets of hope" and will serve as a "huge wake-up call" for countries to reduce emissions. Some unintended changes made by humans to the climate may be irreversible.

The IPCC's report would reveal the findings during a summit held by the U.K. in November, which would be announced at a press conference at 09:00 BST. This UN-hosted session, COP26, is considered to be pivotal in bringing climate change under control.

Alok Sharma, the U.K. minister in charge of the conference, claimed that the world was running out of time to avoid disaster and that the impacts of climate change are already felt. UN’s intergovernmental panel brings together representatives of world governments who value investigation by scientists.

The panel analyzed papers that suggested sea level would continue to rise for hundreds, if not thousands of years, due to heat trapped deep in the ocean. However, research shows that the worst disasters can still be avoided if politicians keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

For the record, the last IPCC report said that people have been the “primary cause” of global warming since the 1950s. This time, however, the IPCC is expected to detail how much of an impact people are having on the oceans, the atmosphere, and other components of our planetary systems.

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