- Title: Londoners express anger and embarrassment in response to climate report
- Date: 9th August 2021
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (AUGUST 9, 2021) (REUTERS) TRAFFIC ON STREET (SOUNDBITE) (English) OPPOSITION LABOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, ANDY MCDONALD, SAYING: "We are now getting into dangerous territory and the response has got to be radical and I'm not convinced this current government is prepared to do that, so, but it's incumbent upon us all with COP 26 coming up later in the year, there's got to be a coming together of the world and a response to this. The forest fires that we've seen this year if that doesn't tell us what's happening to our planet nothing will, so the response from COP has to be radical and comprehensive." PEOPLE CROSSING STREET (SOUNDBITE) (English) 17-YEAR-OLD SIXTH FORM COLLEGE STUDENT, FREYA BURTON, SAYING: "It makes me incredibly angry but it's also slightly, I don't know, embarrassing in a way for myself. I find it quite hypocritical for myself to get angry in a sense because I know I'm not as selfless or as climate-conscious as I should be and I try and make small changes but nowhere near the amount that I should, so I guess in that sense it's more of a self-wake-up call." PEOPLE ON PAVEMENT
- Embargoed: 23rd August 2021 12:45
- Keywords: IPCC report London climate change
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Environment,Europe,Temperature
- Reuters ID: LVA001EPK6SZR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Londoners reacted with anger and embarrassment on Monday (August 9) to a United Nations report that delivered a stark warning about how human-induced climate change is affecting the planet - and how damaging the impacts might get.
Eight years after its last full update on climate science, U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said human influence was "unequivocally" to blame for warming the planet, and that some forms of climate disruption were now "locked-in" for centuries.
Without rapid and large-scale reductions in emissions, the report said, the average global temperature will exceed critical thresholds of 1.5 and 2.0 degrees Celsius (2.7 and 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) during the 21st century.
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