Linda Thomas-Greenfield
Linda Thomas-GreenfieldReuters

US Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, responded today (Monday) to the release of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report.

"Today, the United States and nearly 200 nations stood behind science in approving the first volume of a series of four IPCC reports for its Sixth Assessment", Thomas-Greenfield wrote. "The global consensus on this report underscores that climate change is an urgent threat, which is already affecting nearly every part of the planet".

"In America this summer, we once again experienced record-shattering heat, extensive wildfires, and an early hurricane season", she added. "We are far from alone. Across the world, people experienced droughts, devastating floods, rising sea levels, disruptions to food systems, and toxic air pollution. We know these conditions can create or exacerbate hunger, poverty, conflict, and instability".

Thomas-Greenfield noted that "human influence is to blame": "We must make immediate and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emission, or the consequences of climate change will continue to escalate and wreak havoc on our communities".

"Climate change is a challenge the world must take on together", the ambassador concluded. "Which is why President Biden has made it a top priority for the United States to lead the way on raising our global ambition. The international community, the private sector, and each of us individually must accelerate our efforts to protect our planet and counteract this global crisis, for all of us and generations to come".