Skip to main content

New climate report warns of ‘uncharted territory of destruction’

The latest climate change news is pretty grim

A new climate report analyzing the most recent science and climate change news provides a bleak outlook for the future. According to the United in Science 2022 report, we’re going in the wrong direction. The world’s chances of avoiding the worst effects of the climate crisis are quickly slipping away as we’ve collectively and repeatedly failed to take the necessary action.

In spite of increasingly dire warnings, global governments and businesses have not been working fast enough to cut greenhouse gas emissions—and we’re already facing the consequences. The recent increase in extreme weather events is only the beginning. Keep reading to learn about the biggest findings of this report and what they mean for you.

Woman at climate change protest with sign that says time is running out
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Most shocking findings of the United in Science Report

The World Meteorological Organization coordinated the 2022 United in Science report with various high-level climate change organizations from around the world. You can view the full report for free here. Or, check out our breakdown of some of the most illuminating climate change facts from the report:

  • The last seven years have been the hottest on record.
  • There’s a 93% chance that at least one out of the next five years will be warmer than 2016 (the current hottest year on record).
  • Though carbon dioxide emissions dropped during the pandemic, the results were temporary; carbon emissions returned to pre-pandemic levels in 2021.
  • Almost half of the planet’s population (3.3-3.6 billion people) live in areas that are highly susceptible to the effects of climate change.
  • By the 2050s, residents of 97 cities (more than 1.6 billion people) will regularly experience three-month average temperatures of at least 35C (or 95 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Current climate-related disasters are costing $200 million in daily losses.
  • National emissions pledges are not enough to keep global heating at 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.
cut trees and deforestation surrounding a patch of live trees
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Growing risks and the cost of inaction

Pledges to cut emissions set by leaders at last November’s UN Cop26 climate summit have fallen short. Increasing gas prices have driven some governments to return to fossil fuels. And the world is failing to mitigate and adapt to the effects of the climate crisis as quickly as needed.
People around the globe are already suffering from the impacts of the climate crisis. Extreme weather events are becoming all-too-common examples of global climate change news. The recent flooding in Pakistan, droughts in China and the U.S., heatwaves across Europe, and famine-like conditions in parts of Africa all reflect a depressing trend of progressively dangerous weather and provide a glimpse at what our future holds.
According to António Guterres, the secretary general of the United Nations, “There is nothing natural about the new scale of these disasters. They are the price of humanity’s fossil fuel addiction. This year’s United in Science report shows climate impacts heading into uncharted territory of destruction.”

The latest climate change news paints a bleak picture of our future and demonstrates, more clearly than ever, the urgency of the climate crisis. This is not a far-off problem—the consequences of global warming are already here, impacting millions of lives every day. We’re already paying the price for our delayed action. Only one question remains: how long will we let it continue?

Editors' Recommendations

Shannon Cooper
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Shannon Cooper has written about everything from pet care and travel to finance and plumbing in her seven years as a writer…
Will the new sports streaming service from Disney, Fox, and WBD mean you can finally cut the cord for good?
Is this the ultimate sports streamer?
The Washington Commanders take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Aside from the NFL's Super Bowl, the big story of the month is a new sports streaming service coming from three of the major studios: Walt Disney Company, Fox Corp, and Warner Bros. Discovery. The new streamer will combine content from Disney's ESPN and ABC, Fox Sports, and WBD's TNT and TBS for a one-stop service that features NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, college football, and NCAA March Madness, FIFA World Cup, three Grand Slam tennis events, UFC, Formula 1, and NASCAR.

On the surface, it sounds like the ideal cable killer that sports fans and cord-cutters have been waiting for years to see. And it will likely hasten the departure of a significant amount of subscribers who have only stuck with cable for the sports channels. However, there are several questions that remain, which even the three partner studios haven't fully addressed yet. And we're going to dive into some of those issues now.

Read more
Everything we know about Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, including trailers and cast updates
Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire details
Godzilla and Kong running together.

Now that Godzilla and King Kong have teamed up, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire promises to continue building on Legendary's MonsterVerse. Now that we've gotten our first look at the film in a new trailer, interest in the sequel is growing. Although the trailer makes it clear that Godzilla and Kong are going to be fighting on the same side this time, and it suggests that Godzilla may unleash some new powers, there's still plenty about the new movie that we don't yet know. Will this be one of the greatest sci-fi movies ever? Only time will tell. In the meantime, here's everything we know about Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, including its trailers and who is in the cast.

What is Godzilla x Kong about?
Most people do not go to Godzilla movies for the plot, but Legendary has released its official description nonetheless:
The epic battle continues! Legendary Pictures’ cinematic Monsterverse follows up the explosive showdown of “Godzilla vs. Kong” with an all-new adventure that pits the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence—and our own. “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” delves further into the histories of these Titans and their origins, as well as the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humankind forever.
While it seems like Godzilla and Kong will team up in the new film, it also sounds like the film will be diving deeper into the lore of this universe. While most people are likely coming to these movies for sheer spectacle, there may be some who are into the notion of learning more about the origins of this particular version of the universe.

Read more
Apple’s new journaling app is here, and it’s great, but we have one major problem with it
Apple's new journaling app finally arrives
Apple journal app against blue background

Apple's new journaling app, Journal, promises Apple users an easier way to record and organize their thoughts, experiences, and memories. There's just one thing we can't wrap our head around — it's only available for iPhone users, meaning you can't get it on a Mac.

While being able to jot down your thoughts on the go is convenient, limiting Journal to iPhones isn't merely an accessibility issue. For many, journaling is a way to escape the distractions of their devices and engage in reflective, mindful writing. With a phone in hand, notifications are hard to ignore, and tapping out entries on a tiny screen feels like a chore compared to the flow of pen on paper or the rhythm of keys.

Read more