What the Recent International Climate Report Means for the Midwest​

All of us at Delta Institute wanted to make sure that you saw the recently released U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which declares we must prevent further climate change impact and reduce the likelihood of catastrophic weather—such as Hurricane Michael that devastated the Florida panhandle coastline this week.

Industry—and the people who run it—need to take more emissions out of the atmosphere than they put in. This is easier said than done, but solutions exist. We at Delta Institute know this, as we have 20 years of experience working with industry and government to find and implement solutions to pressing environmental problems. Many individuals are eager to know what they can do to have an impact, but the IPCC report confirms that industry and government, and the people who run them, need to identify and implement solutions.

Delta can help.

The IPCC is the international body for assessing the science related to climate change that provides objective, transparent, and comprehensive information. The IPCC currently has 195 member countries from the World Meteorological Organization and United Nations. When the IPCC shares information, we stop and listen. Our CEO, Bill Schleizer, and Delta staff have collectively been tracking the IPCC for decades as their findings are essential to our work.

The report aims to encourage industries, governments, and people around the globe to figure out how to best work together to limit climate change. Climate change impacts natural and human systems, such as rising sea levels, droughts, and ocean acidification. Many land and ocean ecosystems have already changed due to climate change. We need to halt these changes. The IPCC’s report highlights how global climate action can increase energy access and stability, create jobs, improve access to sustainable and reliable transportation, and provide health benefits.

Let’s bring this home: What does this report mean for us here in the Midwest?

Our economy is heavily dependent on the weather. When farmers and agriculture suffer, we suffer. When communities are ravaged by floods, wind, or other severe weather, we suffer. The Great Lakes, one of our greatest assets, are also impacted by extreme weather that alters both drinking water availability and water quality. The impacts of global warming will hit the poor and most vulnerable the hardest due to loss of livelihoods, food insecurity, population displacement, health effects and more.

At Delta, we envision a region in which all communities and landscapes thrive through an integrated approach to environmental, economic, and social challenges. We encourage you to take a look at the 34-page summary for policymakers, which we’ve linked here, or the full report itself.

If you’re passionate about improving the Midwest and helping the global climate action effort, support Delta as we work with industries and governments in your community to solve environmental problems.

Also, we encourage you to take a look at and pass along the free tools and resources found on our website. Together we can ensure a healthy future—for ourselves, the Midwest, and the world—by taking action today.

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