IPCC Scientists Issue Grave Warning on Climate Change

A sobering image of severe global droughts caused by climate change    Photo: NURPHOTO

Greetings to you! I’ll continue talking about climate change and its sobering warming effect on our planet. You’ve heard this before – climate change is responsible for extraordinary droughts, record breaking temperatures, rising sea levels, and extreme weather events. 

On Monday, April 4, 2022, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)published its report on what the world can do to mitigate a very dangerous future. They reported, “Even if all the policies to cut carbon that governments had in place by the end of 2020 were fully implemented, the world will still warm by 3.2C this century. That sort of temperature rise would see our planet hit by unprecedented heatwaves, terrifying storms, and widespread water shortages.”

The report continued and said, “Some government and business leaders are saying one thing – but doing another. And the results will be catastrophic. There must be rapid, deep and immediate cuts in carbon dioxide [CO2] emissions.”

There’s Still Time for Climate Change Mitigation

United Nations Environment Program Director Inger Andersen said, “We are not doomed, but rapid action is absolutely essential. With every month or year that we delay action, climate change becomes more complex, expensive and difficult to overcome.”

James Skea co-chair of the report said, “The big message we’ve got (is that) human activities got us into this problem and human activities can get us out of it again. It’s not all lost. We really have the chance to do something.”

Previous IPCC reports state they would like to limit warming to 1.5C, which is the world’s agreed upon goal. Currently, our earth already warmed to 1.1C. Earlier IPCC reports have shown that “after 1.5C, more people die, more ecosystems are in trouble and climate change worsens rapidly.”

Skea added, “We don’t fall over the cliff at 1.5 degrees. Even if we were to go beyond 1.5 it doesn’t mean we throw up our hands in despair.”

An Excellent Way to Talk to Kids about Climate Change!

One awesome tool for talking to kids about climate change is to read my fourth installment in the award-winning Kobee Manatee® Children’s Educational Picture Book series. It’s titled, Kobee Manatee® Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole HazardIt’s about climate change and plastic pollution in our oceans.

Kobee Manatee Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard – (Lexile Measure:790L)

When you read this award-winning educational picture book to children, you’ll discover it’s a fun and fictional adventure loaded with weaved in facts on climate change and plastic pollution. This helps children learn about this serious subject in a fun and entertaining way. Here’s a brief synopsis …

Kobee Manatee, the protagonist and his seafaring pals, Tess the seahorse and Pablo the hermit crab swim from the Cayman Islands to Belize. Kobee wants to help his cousin Quinn clean up plastic litter at her new, all-veggie underwater bistro called Quinn’s Seagrass Café.

On their Caribbean journey they encounter harmful effects of climate change and plastic pollution. As if that wasn’t enough, several other unforeseen problems occur with a distressed loggerhead turtle, a giant Portuguese man-of-war, and a venomous scorpionfish. They’re all amazed when they discover the extraordinary Great Blue Hole. Then their adventure takes another crazy turn when Pablo plunges into its huge abyss!

Each page includes in-depth, scientific details on climate change and plastic pollution in our oceans with Dr. Tracy FanaraInspector Planet & NOAA Scientist. Tracy can be seen on The Weather Channel as a visiting expert and she’s also seen on their “Weird Earth” segments.

We already have Fantastic Reviews on this New Release!

“A well-crafted, thoughtful, and well-illustrated addition to a noteworthy educational book series.” Kirkus Reviews

“Robert Scott Thayer presents an important environmental message in an engaging story with wonderful characters. Anyone who loves the ocean and wants to help save it should read Kobee Manatee: Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard. I’m looking forward to the next Kobee Manatee adventure.”   Readers’ Favorite

For young readers who enjoy imaginative tales surrounding affable and heroic sea creatures, as well as parents and/or teachers looking for a way to introduce youngsters to the importance of marine conservation, Kobee Manatee® Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard offers a perfect blend. Highly recommended– Chanticleer Book Reviews

Keep watching for more of my updates on climate change!

If you see any sick or injured manatees, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at: 1-888-404-3922 (FWCC). They are the folks who are responsible for rescuing us in Florida.

Here’s the Save the Manatee Club link to learn more about us manatees …


Here’s a cool link for you to learn more about how we’re rescued and brought into rehabilitation …


~ Kobee Manatee

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