10 key concepts to understand the severity of the climate crisis

The scientific community has been warning for decades about the seriousness of this problem and the need to take urgent action

The climate crisis has already affected all the populated corners of the planet And, according to the scientific community, if we do nothing to stop its advance between now and the end of the century, it will radically transform life as we know it. In the last year, in view of the celebration of the Glasgow Climate Summit (COP26), various scientific studies they have raised the alarm about the impact of this crisis on our lives; since the health risks until the incalculable economic impact.

These are 10 key facts to understand the severity of the climate crisis and raise awareness.

The climate crisis already affects all of humanity

Spain and the Mediterranean, at risk of extreme warming

Deadlines move forward to the year 2025

The richest are the ones who pollute the most

The figures speak clearly about those responsible for the climate crisis. The G20 countries, the richest in the world, are responsible for more than 75% of the greenhouse gases that currently flood the planet. It is also estimated that the richest 10% in the world emits between 36 and 45% of the total greenhouse gases that flood the planet right now, while the poorest 10% contribute between 3 and 5%.

Global economic losses

In a world of climatic extremes, Europe could lose more than 2% of its GDP in 2050 and more than 5% by the end of the century. The most affected countries in the region would be those in the south, including Spain. In the group of G20 countries, an extreme climate crisis could cause annual losses of almost 5% of GDP in 2050 and more than 8% by 2100; the equivalent of doubling the losses caused by the covid-19 pandemic. In the United States, India, Japan and Canada, losses could reach 13% of GDP.

More exposed to tropical diseases

Seven million deaths from pollution

Climate promises have served little (or nothing)

Climate commitments made to date, including the Paris Agreement, they have not been able to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases sufficiently. In fact, according to a United Nations report, even if this pact were fulfilled, global warming would raise the average temperature up to 2.7 degrees before the end of the century. Experts launch a final call for stronger measures to stop this crisis.

The culprits and the solutions are clear

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