On Monday, UN climate scientists are set to publish their strongest statement yet on climate change.
The UN body tasked to put this together every 6-7 years – the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – will also outline the extent of influence humans are having on the oceans, the atmosphere, and other aspects of our planetary systems.
One of the key parts of the report will be on sea-level rise.
The IPCC’s previous projections have long been controversial among climate scientists, with some calling them far too conservative.
The report will make clear that governments are acting dangerously slowly in addressing climate change, and that the 1.5 C limit agreed by world leaders in 2015 might be breached in the next two decades.
Additionally, given unprecedented devastation in recent weeks and months due to fires and flooding across the world, the report on Monday will include a new section linking these events to rising temperatures.
This report will be a key document for world leaders when they meet in Glasgow in November for their annual climate summit.
The last report of this nature was published in 2013 and eventually provided the main scientific input to the Paris agreement.
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