In a new report, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, warns the catastrophic risks posed by man-made climate change not only threaten the world with ecological disaster, but will soon be an even greater factor in the proliferation of disease, economic chaos and even wars. However, scientists who believe the most threatening hot air is coming from the IPCC and not human activity say the report raises climate-change hysteria to a new level. Participants in the latest report and other figures sounding the alarm on climate change say we’re very close to the point where devastating events will be unavoidable. “We’re now in an era where climate change isn’t some kind of future hypothetical,” said the report’s lead author, Chris Field of the Carnegie Institution for Science in California, to the Associated Press. “We live in an area where impacts from climate change are already widespread and consequential.” More