The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released the world’s largest-ever report on climate change and it paints a stark picture on the state of the planet’s future.
The earth is getting so hot, they say, that it will bring changes to the climate that may take thousands of years to reverse.
Its authors say human activity has warned the climate at an unprecedented rate, in at least, the last two thousand years. That some of the changes—already set in motion—such as continued sea-level rise, may be irreversible for millennia.
The report also says northern Canada can expect to see temperature increases larger than the global average, especially in winter. While parts of the country can expect to see more droughts as well as extreme precipitation.
This summer has already seen a killer heatwave in the province of British Columbia.
There is room for some optimism, as the authors say strong and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions would limit climate change and could see global temperatures begin to stabilize in 20 to 30 years.