A stark image of a young boy, kneeling in dry soil, playing with the bones of an animal left victim of a severe drought graced the cover of the Oct. 9 issue of The New York Times
. In the online edition
— which went viral across social media — the headline blared: “Major Climate Report Describes a Strong Risk of Crisis as Early as 2040.”
The article recapped an alarming report
from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of scientists tasked by the United Nations with advising world leaders on environmental issues. According to the report, if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise at the current rate, the earth’s atmosphere will rise in temperature by six degrees Fahrenheit or more until the end of the century, triggering devastating wildfires, droughts, food shortages, and rapidly rising sea levels.