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Save the Children's Response to the IPCC Mitigation Report

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4 APRIL 2022 - Commenting on the IPCC Working Group III's Mitigation report out today, Yolande Wright, Global Director of Poverty and Climate Change at Save the Children, said:

"Today's alarming IPCC report shows the window for action to limit warming to 1.5 degrees -- which is what we need to limit deadly climate impacts -- is rapidly closing. Meanwhile, children the world over are making their voices heard, and leaders must listen.

*"*The climate crisis is a child rights crisis, particularly impacting those bearing the brunt of inequality and discrimination: the richest 50% of states are responsible for 86% of emissions, while the poorest are responsible for just 14%[i].

*"We know that there is still time to make a difference. **Modelling released last year by Save the Children and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel found that *under the original Paris Agreement pledges, a child born in 2020 will experience on average twice as many wildfires, 3 times as many crop failures, 2.6 times as many droughts, 3 times as many river floods, and 7 times more heatwaves across their lifetimes, compared to a person born in 1960.

"This same modelling, however, finds that limiting warming to 1.5°C**will reduce the additional lifetime exposure of newborns to heatwaves by 45%, droughts by 39%, river floods by 38%, crop failures by 28%, and wildfire by 10%. This critical difference will allow more children to have a healthy future in which they have access to basic needs, and one in which their rights can be fulfilled.

"Leaders of the richest countrie**s and historical emitters must take responsibility. Without immediate drastic action to curb global emissions, children are burdened with the most dangerous impacts of the climate crisis."

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[i] Global inequalities in CO₂ emissions - Our World in Data

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