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Climate Change – It’s Grim. The latest UN report is clear: Climate change is here, it’s a crisis, and it’s caused by fossil fuels

National Guard helicopters drop water on the 2017 Thomas Fire near Ojai, California.

National Guard helicopters drop water on the 2017 Thomas Fire near Ojai, California. DAVID MCNEW/GETTY IMAGES

Robinson Meyer

A new United Nations–led report from hundreds of climate scientists around the world makes it clear: The human-driven climate crisis is now well under way. Earth is likely hotter now than it has been at any moment since the beginning of the last Ice Age, 125,000 years ago, and the world has warmed 1.1 degrees Celsius, or nearly 2 degrees Fahrenheit, since the Industrial Revolution began—an “unprecedented” and “rapid” change with no parallel in the Common Era. What’s more, the recent spate of horrific heat waves, fire-fueling droughts, and flood-inducing storms that have imperiled the inhabited world are not only typical of global warming, but directly caused by it

It’s Grim – Defense One