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IPCC report warns of ‘irreversible’ impacts of global warming

28 February, 2022 There has been widespread media coverage of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes (IPCC), entitled “Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability”. The report warns that many of the impacts of global warming are now “irreversible”, but there is “still a brief window of time to avoid the very worst” impacts, BBC News reports. It adds that, according to the IPCC, “humans and nature are being pushed beyond their abilities to adapt”.


Meanwhile, the Guardian calls the report the “bleakest warning yet” on climate change. According to the report, “countries aren’t doing nearly enough to protect against the disasters to come as the planet keeps heating up”, says the New York Times.


The Washington Post says that humanity has a “brief and rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a liveable and sustainable future for all” and the Financial Times says that climate change risks are greater than previously thought.


The Independent live-blogged the launch of the report, which AP news calls a “house on fire” report.


A second Guardian article adds that the report is based on 34,000 studies, was written by more than 1,000 scientists and was unanimously approved by the governments of 195 nations.