The science is unequivocal, human activity is causing our climate to warm at a dangerous rate and every region of the world is being impacted. We have a limited window of opportunity to reduce global carbon emissions to zero to limit temperature increases. Businesses in all sectors need to act now to reduce emissions as far and fast as possible.
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The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 2018 Special report: Global Warming of 1.5 ºC, sets out why it is necessary to maintain the global temperature increase below 1.5ºC of pre-industrial levels, and the comparison between that and 2ºC warming.
This report was requested as part of the Paris Agreement, which was adopted by 196 parties in December 2015 and commits them to limit global warming to well below 2°C and pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5°C increase on pre-industrial levels.
Climate Change 2021 – The Physical Science Basis
The latest IPCC report shows that human activity is unequivocally driving changes to the climate at an unprecedented scale.
The science indicates there is still time to limit temperature rises, but only if we act now, and with ambition. Read our summary of the main points in the report, and what it means for non-executive directors.
Watch Dr Emily Shuckburgh address the pivotal moment we are facing and explore how businesses can step up and set targets that limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.
Read about the nine tipping points that could be triggered by climate change, pushing parts of the Earth system into abrupt or irreversible change.
Businesses the world over are already stepping up, committing to action in line with what the science says is necessary. Putting facts at the core of their strategies, to be part of a safer, more prosperous future.Dr Emily Shuckburgh OBE, climate scientist
For a full introduction to why climate action is important and urgent for business, read Part 1 of our Chapter Zero Board Toolkit.
Explore why comprehensive, equitable climate action is the largest business and job creation opportunity in human history.
With calls for action on climate change intensifying in recent years, learn more about climate-related risks and the impact on business now and in the future. By ICAEW and Deloitte.