(Bloomberg) -- The world’s leading climate science body, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, on Monday summarized five years of its own research across some 10,000 pages with a stark warning: Burning fossil fuels threatens human well-being and the stability of much of life on Earth, and the chance of avoiding the most severe impacts is fast moving out of reach.
It’s the final statement published in this current cycle of landmark studies and by far the most succinct, weighing in at 37 pages that are meant to inform policymakers.
“This report is a clarion call to massively fast-track climate efforts by every country and every sector and on every timeframe,” said UN Secretary General António Guterres in a statement on the report’s release. “In short, our world needs climate action on all fronts — everything, everywhere, all at once.”
The report underscores a handful of points about climate change and its impacts: