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Impact, Adaption and Vulnerability: Key takeaways from IPCC’s second report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their second report out of three reviews, offering a stark warning around the urgency of climate action and the need for keeping 1.5C alive.

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On Monday 28th February, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published the second report in three reviews looking at the state of climate change and the actions needed to restore and protect our planet.

Set up by the United Nations in 1988, the IPCC is made up of climate scientists who assess published research around climate change.

In August 2021, the first installment outlined the effect that humans were having on climate change, and predicted consequences of inaction. This second report, ‘Impact, Adaption and Vulnerability’ offers a stark warning that many of the impacts of global warming are now irreversible, with both humans and nature pushed beyond limits to adapt.

In fact, over 40% of the world’s population are “highly vulnerable” to climate change.

One of the main takeaways from the report was the sense of urgency as each rising increment in global temperature brings about more diseases, disaster and deaths.

“Any further delay in concerted anticipatory global action on adaptation and mitigation will miss a brief and rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a livable and sustainable future for all.” The report said.

However, despite these stark warnings, there is a glimmer of hope that if our collective goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C is achieved, then we can avoid the very worst impacts. What’s more, we are seeing a growing number of businesses taking responsibility for their role in tackling the climate crisis.

This has given us huge amounts of hope as businesses of all sizes will make a vital contribution to the transition to net zero and into regeneration that lies beyond. They prove that it is possible. They work way ahead of compliance and regulation. They lead so others can learn. Including Governments.

Planet Mark founder and CEO Steve Malkin commented, “This report cannot be overlooked by businesses leaders as it is another reminder that climate change is having a huge physical impact on our world, way of life and economy. It is clear that we aren’t reducing emissions quick enough as climate-related impacts are already “widespread” and even “irreversible”, in some cases, according to the IPCC.

The only way this crisis can be tackled is if the public and private sectors work together in true cooperative partnership to not only tackle emissions but also to adapt to the now very clear realities of climate change.

The good news is that businesses are wanting to play their part in the global effort to fight climate change and often are leading the way. We are seeing unprecedented demand here at Planet Mark as we support businesses of all sizes to unlock the passion of their people, accelerate action and radically cut carbon. There is no doubt that they want to take action and do more, but every organisation now needs to follow suit.

All companies must be supported today to set net zero targets and adapt their operations so they can be part of tomorrow’s net zero economy. Through committing to net zero, measuring emissions and engaging employees, suppliers, and customers in the process. They will not only cut their own emissions but will create the products and services that we all need to meet genuine net zero goals. This is the way the business world can be at the centre of part of the hugely necessary solutions to the problems laid out by today’s report.”