NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sunday released the latest part of its Fifth Assessment Report, outlining the dramatic steps that need to be taken to avoid the catastrophic impacts of global warming caused by humans.
Most significantly, the Summary for Policymakers portion of the report emphasizes the need for coordination on a planetary scale.
"Effective mitigation will not be achieved if individual agents advance their own interests independently," the report emphasizes.
The Summary notes that total anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions were the highest in human history from 2000 to 2010 and reached approximately 49 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year by 2010. The majority of the increase of such emissions since 1750 was produced in the last 40 years, with the last decade showing the most dramatic escalation. The global economic crisis of 2008 and 2009 temporarily reduced emissions.
The documents are the third of four installments that together comprise the Fifth Assessment Report, being released in stages over the last year. The fourth installment is expected in October. Each installment draws on the opinions of hundreds of the world's leading scientists, summarizing vast amounts of recent scientific research.
According to the IPCC press release:
"Since the last IPCC assessment report, published in 2007, a wealth of new knowledge about climate change mitigation has emerged. The authors of the new, fifth Working Group III report have included about 10,000 references to scientific literature in 16 chapters."