Following the recently published report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), temperatures are going to increase by 1.8-4C by the end of the century. It also projected that sea levels were most likely to rise by 28-43cm, and global warming was likely to influence the intensity of tropical storms.

The dramatic outcome of the IPCC report has finally stirred up the political landscape. Environmental representatives of the European Parliament, lead by David Miliband, Christina Narbona and Janez Potocnik, are now pushing for action:

“The window of opportunity is closing rapidly and a strong EU voice is necessary to provide the catalyst for UN discussions on taking effective action to cut emissions.“

In contrast to earlier reports in which it was “likely“ that human activities lay behind the trends observed at various parts of the planet with “likely“ meaning between 66% and 90% probability, the message this time is unequivocal: The panel concluded that it was at least 90% certain that human emissions of greenhouse gases rather than natural variations are warming the planet‘s surface.