Scientists are asking a leading climate science body for help to solve the problem of a global warming that is becoming too extreme and is disrupting life on Earth.
The Guardian reports that a group of experts led by geoscientist, John Cook, has issued a statement asking that the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) review the impact of global warming on agriculture, the natural world, and humans.
“A global climate change that results in a loss of biodiversity and species is of grave concern,” the statement says.
“The impacts on human health and welfare are similarly worrying.”
The scientists want the IPCC to focus on what they describe as the “intolerable” impact of climate change on the environment and human life.
The UN’s climate change panel is currently meeting in a closed session, and has not released a draft report.
The statement says the climate change impacts are so serious that the IPCC should look at “a comprehensive climate science assessment, with an emphasis on the impacts of climate on food production and human health”.
The IPCC has already made clear that climate change is one of its major problems.
Last month, it published a report that concluded that climate science “has not fully addressed the most fundamental question of all: the magnitude and pace of the human-induced increase in greenhouse gases and hence the risks of human-caused global warming.”
The IPCC report also said that a “global climate change, as a process of rapid change that impacts human societies and ecosystems” was the “single most important determinant of future human and environmental outcomes.”
“This assessment reflects the view that the most urgent issue facing our planet is the climate,” the IPCC statement says, adding that it “will have the greatest impact on our ability to adapt to the challenges of the 21st century.”
“It is imperative that we ensure that our policies and approaches to the impacts and adaptation of climate are effective, fair, and transparent.”
The climate change experts are urging the IPCC and other UN agencies to start working on a new climate science study “as soon as possible.”
But the scientists are also asking the agencies to focus more on how the climate affects agriculture.
“Climate impacts agriculture and the human health of people,” the scientists write.
“In the past, the scientific community has focussed on how to respond to agricultural impacts, such as changes in crop yields, the introduction of pests or pathogens, or changes in production practices.”
But with so much change taking place in agriculture over the past 20 years, they say the question of how to manage the impacts should be taken more seriously.
“While agriculture and other sectors are highly sensitive to climate change,” the researchers write, “the agricultural sector is less so.
It is important that our actions are driven by our understanding of the impacts on agriculture.”
The experts want the agencies “to develop a scientific assessment that examines the impacts agriculture will experience as a result of climate changes, and how these impacts will be linked to agricultural production.”
The report has also called for more collaboration between the international community and governments, particularly in terms of food security.
“Our current international framework for food security does not provide enough resources for all actors,” the report says.
The scientists say the issue of food sovereignty is a key part of the future, and that the “political will and capacity to act will require a global climate science approach.”
“The international community is working to establish a comprehensive, intergovernmental, and international framework on food security that would allow all actors, including agriculture, to develop the necessary political will and capacities to implement the most effective measures for food sovereignty,” the experts write.
The climate scientists’ statement follows a call by the United Nations Environment Program last month to “embrace the science of climate” to help countries deal with climate change.
“As we look to the future of climate, we need to take the science and the science education into account,” the UNEP said.
The United Nations Climate Change Program has said that the climate science research that has been done so far is not good enough to deal with the impacts that climate is having on the world.
The group has called for a new, “scientific and ethical framework” that would “enable scientists to work in a manner that promotes trust and accountability.”
The UNEP says the UN Environment Program is “working with governments, scientists, businesses, and others to bring about this new scientific and ethical paradigm that would enable scientists to lead the way in creating and implementing a new global climate research framework.”
It also has called on governments to work with private companies to develop and implement policies that are climate friendly.