What they said about the UN report on climate science “Code Red”

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A protester carries a sign representing the earth during the People’s March for the Climate near the White House in Washington, United States on April 29, 2017. REUTERS / Joshua Roberts

Aug. 9 (Reuters) – The United Nations on Monday released a report warning of the effects of human-induced climate change on the planet – and how much worse it could get. Read more

Here are some excerpts from the first reactions:

SECRETARY GENERAL ANTONIO GUTERRES:

“Today’s report from IPCC Working Group 1 is a ‘code red’ for humanity … This report must spell the end of coal and fossil fuels, before they destroy our planet. “

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON:

“We know what needs to be done to limit global warming – make coal history and switch to clean energy sources, protect nature and provide climate finance to countries on the front lines.”

UNITED STATES PRESIDENT’S SPECIAL ENVOY FOR CLIMATE JOHN KERRY:

“The impacts of the climate crisis, from extreme heat and forest fires to heavy rains and flooding, will only continue to intensify unless we choose another path for ourselves and the generations. future.”

JENNIFER GRANHOLM, US SECRETARY FOR ENERGY:

“The planet is on fire, and our hair should be on fire about it! We need to move faster to deploy, deploy, deploy clean energy and make our communities more resilient.”

EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION FOR THE EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL FRANS TIMMERMANS:

“It is not too late to stem the tide and prevent unmanageable climate change, but only if we act decisively now and all act together.”

DIANN BLACK-LAYNE, AMBASSADOR OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, CHIEF CLIMATE NEGOTIATOR FOR THE ALLIANCE OF SMALL ISLAND STATES:

“If we keep warming to 1.5 ° C, we are still facing a sea level rise of half a meter. But if we stop the warming from reaching 2 ° C, we can avoid a long-term sea level rise of 3 meters. This is our very future, right here. “

MOHAMED NASHEED, AMBASSADOR OF THE VULNERABLE CLIMATE FORUM OF 48 COUNTRIES, AND FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE MALDIVES:

“We are paying with our lives for the carbon emitted by someone else. We will soon be taking steps to begin to redress this injustice, which we simply cannot accept.”

PAULO ARTAXO, SENIOR AUTHOR OF THE IPCC AND ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSICIAN AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SAO PAULO:

“We are degrading the climate in such a way for future generations that it will certainly make the socio-economic difficulties in the future much worse than in our generation …

“My personal opinion is that it will be impossible to limit the increase in temperature to 1.5 degrees.”

HELENE HEWITT, SENIOR AUTHOR COORDINATOR OF THE IPCC AND HEAD OF THE OCEANIC MODELING GROUP AT THE HADLEY CENTER OF THE MET OFFICE UK:

“We predict that the Arctic will be virtually free of sea ice in September at least once before 2050 under all scenarios considered, with more frequent occurrences for higher levels of warming.”

HELEN MOUNTFORD, VICE PRESIDENT OF CLIMATE AND ECONOMY, WORLD RESOURCES INSTITUTE:

“If this IPCC report doesn’t shock you, it should. The report paints a very grim picture of the ruthless and unimaginable world we have in store if our addiction to burning fossil fuels and destroying forests continues.”

KAISA KOSONEN, SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR ON CLIMATE AND ENERGY, GREENPEACE:

“The IPCC has provided a new and powerful means for everyone, everywhere, to hold the fossil fuel industry and governments directly accountable for the climate emergency.

TERESA ANDERSON, CLIMATE POLICY COORDINATOR AT ACTIONAID INTERNATIONAL:

“Too many ‘net zero’ climate plans are being used to ‘greenwash’ pollution and the status quo.”

WAI-SHIN CHAN, GLOBAL HEAD OF ESG RESEARCH (ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL AND GOVERNANCE) AT HSBC BANK:

“Investors must use their influence to push policymakers to make the bold emission reductions necessary to limit the most serious consequences of climate change.”

Reporting by Kate Abnett, Nina Chestney, Jake Spring; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Lisa Shumaker

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