10 instructions for the social impact sector from the new IPCC report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Mitigation of Climate Change report calls for dramatic changes to all sectors of the global economy to stave off the worst effects of climate change.

Why It Matters

If Canada’s energy, transportation, food security, building, and land use sectors adopt the massive changes required by the IPCC report, the country’s social impact sector will be forced to follow suit — whether it is ready or not.

In what may be the last Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report before the worst effects of climate change are felt, scientists warned the world will likely pass the 1.5 C global warming park unless unprecedented societal changes are made. 

They include a 600 percent increase in low or zero-emission investments, the decarbonization of all sectors of the global economy, and the rapid phase-out of fossil fuel investment — particularly coal. (In fact, the IPCC found currently planned new fossil fuel infrastructure, if used, would push the world past 1.5 C.) Christiana Figueres, one of the chief architects of the 2015 Paris Agreement, called the report’s findings “terrifying” in an interview with Bloomberg Green. But the report from IPCC Working Group III offers concrete suggestions to governments, businesses, and civil society organizations about climate change


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