Lights and Shadows of the IPCC

The latest UN climate report is brutal but falls short of the mark...

"life on Earth can recover from major climate change... Humanity cannot."


Juan Bordera and Ferran Puig Vilar

here are glows and shadows in the latest part of the world's most crucial climate report, the sixth report of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). The text, from Group II, analyses impacts, adaptation and vulnerability and will go down in history as being framed between the - hopefully - end of a pandemic and the beginning of a regrettable war that, like all of them, should never have taken place.

The 36 pages of the summary suggest that some change is taking place within the scientific community on communicating the emergency. At last, the IPCC is intertwining the other major ecological crisis, the loss of life and biodiversity, with the climate problem.

Our culture would have to change radically to take on a model that would seek a comforting simplicity in addition to seeking cooperation. The good living, but with less material wealth. Is this still possible? No one knows. What is clear is that it is inevitable that we will end up forcibly moving towards this type of scenario of less energy wealth. We should be preparing ourselves. Because "life on Earth can recover from major climate change... Humanity cannot."


For a full read of this brief, click here or on the picture to download the pdf file.


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