The IPCC urged immediate action, saying that it's not too late -- that a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions can still work to limit the severe changes and potentially deadly consequences of unchecked global warming.
"The open sea, the Arctic, the Antarctic and the high mountains may seem far away to many people," IPCC Chairman Hoesung Lee said in a news release. "But we depend on them and are influenced by them directly and indirectly in many ways – for weather and climate, for food and water, for energy, trade, transport, recreation and tourism, for health and well-being, for culture and identity."
Lee said it’s possible to limit the worst effects of global warming if people and governments take action through more sustainable development.
"If we reduce emissions sharply, consequences for people and their livelihoods will still be challenging, but potentially more manageable for those who are most vulnerable," he said.
More than 100 scientists were involved in the latest IPCC report, which was approved Tuesday by the 195 governments that are part of the IPCC.
The dire assessment follows several other recent IPCC reports, including one this summer that warned of unchecked global warming's impact on food and water resources, and another last fall that predicted devastating consequences for the planet unless temperature increases are kept below 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit.