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Top climate scientists issue new warning to Washington

Burned vehicles rest in a charred neighborhood during the Dixie fire in the Indian Falls neighborhood of unincorporated Plumas County, California on July 26, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

Top scientists have prepared a landmark report, warning leaders in Washington that the world is almost on the brink of a climate catastrophe.

The United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) publishes its sixth assessment report on Monday.

In it, scientists explain what climate crisis is and how some of the human beings' activities are altering the planet, irreversibly.

The report is expected to depict some fearsome scenarios awaiting the world's population as the global temperature continues to rise.

The upcoming report from the IPCC will describe in detail what is happening worldwide and how close the world population is to face a climate catastrophe.

IPCC scientists warn that the methane produced by animal farming, shale gas and oil extraction are playing an ever-greater role in overheating the planet.

Climate experts say that cutting carbon dioxide alone is not enough to solve the climate crisis – the world must act swiftly against methane to halt the rise in temperatures.

 “Cutting methane is the biggest opportunity to slow warming between now and 2040,” Durwood Zaelke, president of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development and a lead reviewer for the IPCC said. “We need to face this emergency.”

The IPCC warning comes as wildfires and hot weather threaten new blazes while US lawmakers are pushing for a new climate policy.

“This is why I’m anxious to see the IPCC report,” Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) said in an interview. "It seems as though it may point to tipping point disasters that could warn that we have far less time than previously thought."

A damaged street sign marks Main Street in a decimated downtown Greenville, California during the Dixie fire on August 5, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

Chu added, “I do not think that Washington, DC as a whole understands the implications for not investing in climate change measures right this minute.”

Former US President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord, leaving the US the only country that was not part of the agreement.


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