Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s leading scientific authority on climate science, released the final conclusions of its Sixth Assessment Report cycle. The synthesis report finds that world leaders have a critical—but brief—window of opportunity to secure a livable future. In response, Anne Christianson, director for International Climate at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:
This report shows that averting a climate catastrophe is still within our reach, but only if world leaders swiftly transition to a 100 percent clean economy worldwide. If we fail to act now, the health and safety of communities around the world is in doubt.
Climate mitigation strategies in all sectors are needed to cut global greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. The world’s major emitters must act at the scale and pace required to keep the goals of the Paris Agreement within reach. The enactment of the Inflation Reduction Act, and related legislation, gives the United States a fighting chance to build an economy that centers environmental justice, creates good-paying jobs, and runs on clean energy. But even as the domestic work is launching, the United States must lead on the international stage to achieve the global progress needed to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.
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