November 4, 2014
Low-carbon energy sources must produce most of the world's power by the middle of this century and fossil fuel burning will need to be almost completely phased out by 2100 in order to avoid "severe, pervasive, and irreversible" damage to the Earth's climate system, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in its latest report, released on Sunday.
"People assume the purpose of these reports is to change the public's mind," Katherine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University, told VICE News. "Clearly that's not happening and clearly that's not what the public needs. One more report is not what's going to change people's minds."