The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a new report Monday, and it is… bad. Like, really bad. So bad, in fact, that the UN chief called it a “code red for humanity.”
The IPCC is a body made up of the world’s leading climate experts. Formed back in 1988, its reason for being is to assess and create reports on the environment, specifically climate. Its first report came out in 1990, and its findings were the reason behind the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which eventually led to the 2015 Paris Agreement. It releases a report every seven years, give or take a few months here and there, and they are extraordinarily comprehensive. Thousands of pages long and using what the BBC called “the full spectrum of human knowledge of the climate system,” each report is summarized into a handful of the most important messages held within, hopefully to be used by governments to adjust for the coming future.