The United Nations’ official body for assessing climate change – the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – has released a call to action in their latest synthesis report.

The core message of the report is that greenhouse gas emissions need to be reduced immediately, deeply and sustainably to avoid global warming of more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. Rapid action is required to avoid catastrophe associated with such a rise in global temperatures.

“The report stresses our current pace and scale of action are insufficient to reduce rising global temperatures and secure a liveable future for all.”

Bronwyn Hayward Professor of Politics, University of Canterbury in The Conversation – article: IPCC report: the world must cut emissions and urgently adapt to the new climate realities (

The report confirms that current climate change is resulting from human activity. It provides guidance around the opportunity to act swiftly to change human activity for a better future by mitigating further contributions to warming and accelerating and improving adaptation action.