According to a globally-significant report published earlier today one of the ways of saving our world will be for more of us to cycle more frequently. If we want to prevent “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” we have to keep the global temperature rise to under 1.5°C, the world’s leading climate scientists agreed in the report. After a week of haggling between scientists and government officials at a meeting in South Korea, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its hard-hitting report on the impact of global warming.
There are many mitigating tactics, what the report calls “pathways,” we will all need to take if we want our planet to remain habitable, and among them are walking and cycling more. The stakes could not be higher. The risks, says the IPCC report, include “high levels of public unrest and political destabilization due to the increasing climatic pressures, resulting in some countries becoming dysfunctional.”
The IPCC is the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organization in 1988 to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments concerning climate change, its implications and potential future risks.
The panel’s latest report warns that the world is heading toward a temperature rise of 3°C, and it spells out what this means for the world.
Professor Jim Skea, who co-chairs the IPCC, stressed that policymakers have to grasp, and quickly, the “unprecedented nature of the changes that are required if we are to limit warming to 1.5°C.”