On August 9th, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their latest findings as part of their Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). This provides the scientific consensus on climate change, synthesizing the latest climate research with the help of over 230 authors from 66 countries.
This landmark report will be extremely important in setting the climate agenda for the rest of this year. Much as the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report informed discussion leading to the Paris Agreement, we expect this report to influence high-level discussion at COP26. Furthermore, we expect these findings to provide further impetus for stakeholders to advocate for urgent climate action.
In this briefing, Brunswick covers the key elements of the IPCC’s findings, including the five following takeaways:
- We are on course to reach 1.5°C of warming by the mid-2030s
- Humans are ‘unequivocally’ responsible for this rapid global warming
- Climate change is affecting, and will continue to affect, every region in the world.
- Methane emissions are now a key global concern
- Limiting global warming to 1.5°C by the end of the century is still within reach, but this requires transformational change.