What does "if not in its absolute stakes" mean in this article?
"Climate change is, though, a dire threat to countless people - one that is planetary in scope
*if not in its absolute stakes*."
So I guess "planetary in scope" here means the effect of climate change is so big that it's almost affecting the entire planet (am i right?)
but what does "in its absolute stakes" mean here? Does "it" indicate climate change?
I'm not sure about the exact meaning of both "absolute" and "stakes" here.
Thanks in advance.