All coastal cities experience extreme temperatures

Climate report warns of annual weather disasters from 2050

In its new report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns of significantly more frequent floods and other extreme weather conditions in megacities as a result of climate change. As the rise in sea levels accelerates, "numerous" large coastal cities and small islands would experience weather extremes annually from 2050, according to the report on the oceans and global snow and ice surfaces presented by the IPCC in Monaco today.

In the face of increasingly melting glaciers and other ice masses, scientists urge politicians to act quickly. This is the only way to prevent serious consequences for millions of people. The report bears a disastrous testimony to politics and paints a bleak future if action is not taken quickly.

Sea level rises faster

The report shows that man-made global warming is severely damaging the oceans and ice masses on our planet. The fact that the sea level is rising ever faster is one of the alarming consequences. The increase is currently twice as high as the average in the 20th century, namely 3.6 millimeters per year. The speed at which the sea level is rising continues to increase.

Only a strong reduction in greenhouse gases, the protection of ecosystems and the careful use of natural resources can curb a dramatic development.

Around 130 researchers from 36 countries have analyzed current studies on oceans and ice masses for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for two years. You have summarized the effects of climate change on coasts and islands, people and nature in a report for political decision-makers. Delegates from the 195 IPCC member states debated and voted on the wording of this report in Monaco for several days at the conference of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.