Growing Climate Crisis
Wed Apr 17, 2013
by Phil Gasper
The Growing Climate Crisis ISR 87, January-February 2013
International agencies have issued warnings of catastrophe if nothing is done to slow climate change, so why are world governments refusing to take action?
In November, a few days before the next round of United Nations (UN) sponsored climate talks were due to begin in Doha, the World Bank issued a report <http://issuu.com/world.bank.publications/docs/turn_down_the_heat> prepared by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research warning of dire consequences if international commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are not met or, in fact, surpassed.
Climate scientists have long warned that if average global temperatures rise by 2 degrees Celsius, the environmental consequences will be severe. But the new report concluded that even if all the countries which have pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions were to meet their current targets, the global temperature would likely rise by 3.5 to 4 degrees by the end of the century, with some areas experiencing rises of up to 10 degrees.
The World Bank report notes that if the 4-degree mark is reached, this will in all likelihood “trigger widespread crop failures and malnutrition and dislocate large numbers of people from land inundated by rising seas. Other consequences would include increased water scarcity, more high-intensity tropical cyclones, and permanent loss of biodiversity.
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