Washington, DC – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson released the following statement after the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) announced heightened concerns about the impact of climate change and global warming in a special report published Monday:
“The IPCC Special Report restates much of what we have known for years – climate change has already occurred, and we are seeing the consequences through extreme weather such as devastating droughts and more severe storms, vanishing Arctic sea ice, and rising sea levels. The report makes crystal clear that we must act now, today, in extraordinary ways to confront climate change. It also tells us what it will cost to combat climate change, but we can either pay those costs now or pay them later as a result of the devastation that will occur to ‘health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security, and economic growth’ if we allow it to continue to warm to even the Paris Agreement target of two degrees Celsius.
“This report was prepared using ‘6,000 scientific publications, drew contributions from 132 authors, and had more than 1,000 scientists review the findings.’ And it concludes that climate change is real and we can do something about it. We must heed this dire warning and act by sharply cutting carbon emissions and investing in research. We must act for the future of humanity.”