IPCC Report: Climate Scientists Issue 'Survival Guide for Humanity'

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The Facts

  • Following a meeting in Switzerland, climate scientists have warned that a key climate goal will go unmet. In response, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report that the UN Chief has called a "survival guide for humanity."

  • The report, published on Monday, acknowledged that keeping warming below the landmark 1.5°C above pre-industrial times has become increasingly difficult. IPCC urged governments to take stronger actions as current plans are inadequate and will not reduce stop or reduce the impacts of the changing climate.

The Spin

Establishment-critical narrative

Our planet is already showing signs of suffering under the weight of horrible decisions regarding climate change. To go one step further in sealing the fate of a dim future, Biden greenlit the Willow project in Alaska. The project will contribute 9.2M metric tons of pollution attributed to warming the climate annually. China is planning to expand its coal operations as well. The louder scientists try to get with their warnings the more it seems they are unheard. People around the globe are already suffering from extreme heat, drought, flooding, and other climate attacks. What more is needed to make a change?

Pro-establishment narrative

Biden campaigned for the role of POTUS on the back of a very ambitious plan to combat climate change. He has committed the US to cut emissions by 50% by 2030 and so far the US is on track. Other nations worldwide are also following in the footsteps of the US with the urgent objective to keep emissions under 1.5°C. The plans are in place, and, by and large, the global community knows the clock is ticking.

Narrative C

Climate and environmental disasters have been predicted by modern-day doomsayers for decades. None of the apocalyptic predictions have come true so far; why would this time be any different?

Metaculus Prediction

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