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Reports on Climate Change and Environmental Responsibility

This page lists major reports that have emerged since 2018 on climate change and environmental responsibility, giving a link to each and a brief summary. It is in order of publication date, with latest first. At the end, it suggests some Biblical principles that apply to various reports and calls us to responsibility.


Reports in rapid succession late 2018 tell the same story of humanity's need to take responsibility:

Almost all countries are contributing to the rise in carbon emissions, with emissions in China up 4.7%, in the US by 2.5% and in India by 6.3% in 2018. The EU's emissions are near flat, but this follows a decade of strong falls. Even Europeans have given up!

What we need to do - Biblical Responses

RSPB 'Lost Decade' shows how we have failed nature - created by God and damaged or destroyed by us. Revelation 11:18 calls for the destruction of those who destroy the earth. Genesis 1:26-28 shows that humankind was created to image God's love and character to the rest of Creation, but instead we wanted to "like God" (Genesis 3:5) and claim for ourselves the right to use nature as a resource for our greed. See also Page on Genesis 1:26-28 and the Hebrew words used.
Met Office report on prolonged arctic heatwave, is the clearest confirmation yet of human influence on the climate and consequent decline of the natural world. Hosea 4:2-3 shows a clear causal link ("because of this" NIV) between human sin / greed and decline of the natural world.
UN biodiversity: "Protecting the invaluable contributions of nature to people will be the defining challenge of decades to come. Policies, efforts and actions - at every level ..." "The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and take care of it." Genesis 2:15, NIV.
Insect decline: "Only decisive action can avert a catastrophic collapse of nature's ecosystems ... Restoring wilderness areas and a drastic reduction in the use of pesticides and chemical fertiliser are likely the best way to slow the insect loss" [Phys]
WWF: "To stop the decline of the natural systems that support us and all other animals on the planet, we need real change, all over the world. ... Everyone - governments, businesses, communities and individuals - has a part to play in coming up with this new plan - a global deal for nature." "The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and take care of it." Genesis 2:15, NIV.
IPCC: "Limiting global warming to 1.5 C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society." "All over the world I am tearing down what I built and pulling up what I planted." Jeremiah 45:4, CEV
WMO: " ... 'we are the first generation to fully understand climate change and the last generation to be able to do something about it.'" "In the past, God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repemt." Acts 17:30, NIV
WMO: "We need to translate the commitments into action and increase the level of ambition for the sake of the future welfare of the mankind" "Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord' and do not do the things that I say?" Luke 6:46, NIV.
"Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, 'Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed' but does nothing about his physical needs, what good it it!"" James 2:15-16, NIV
IPPR: "... three shifts in understanding across political and policy communities are required: of the scale and pace of environmental breakdown, the implications for societies, and the subsequent need for transformative change." "Do not be conformed any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2, NIV.
Is it not about time we took responsibility?


Christiana Figueres, Corinne Le Quéré, Anand Mahindra, Oliver B¤te, Gail Whiteman, Glen Peters & Dabo Guan. 2018. Emissions are still rising: ramp up the cuts. Nature 05 December 2018.

Note re Insect Decline: The study brings together many studies. However, estimates of 2.5% per annum comes from three separate studies. They all show 2.5% reduction in widely separated areas, suggesting something like that is occurring, but making the actual figure of 2.5% overall rather approximate. Those who wish to resist calls to responsibility can easily cast doubt on them - but if the figure was entirely spurious one would not expect all three studies to show the same effect.

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Created: 3 December 2018. Last updated: 7 December 2018 GCP report. 6 February 2019 Met Office 5-year prediction. 26 March 2019 IEA, IPPR. Also added verses to "What we should do", making it into a table. 10 May 2019 UN biodiversity global assessment. 18 May 2019 insect decline. 15 July 2019 deep adaptation. 4 October 2019 UK State of Nature Report. 6 October 2019 Sir D King. 14 October 2019 ccge contact r.t. xn. 26 November 2019 WMO 191125; links from ToDo back to reports. 11 February 2020 WEF. 30 June 2020 Ctee Climate Change UK report. 17 July 2020 MetOffice Arctic Heatwave. 27 August 2020 tourism 8% of CC. 15 September 2020 RSPB Lost Decade; changed copyright statement; UN biodiversity loss. 16 September 2020 Citizens Assembly Report; better on UN; a bit of intro. 8 October 2020 interview-pwda.