The United Nations Climate Report is out. And it paints a really bleak picture of the future. Those of you who just married and want to have kids, think again. The Earth of the near future doesn’t look like a conducive place to live and raise children.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) delivered what Reuters described as a “stark warning” to the world on the need to take active steps to handle climate change and possibly avoid the catastrophic prognosis that the 100-nation panel’s report contained. Read it here
There are interesting bits, i reproduce here from the Reuters report
The report said warming, widely blamed on human emissions of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, would cause desertification, droughts and rising seas and would hit hard in the tropics, from sub-Saharan Africa to Pacific islands.
From Factbox I would like to highlight some choice bits.
Since the mid-20th century, rising temperatures are changing the face of the globe, mostly due to human production of greenhouse gases. Dry areas will get drier. In some countries, crop yields could drop by 50 percent by 2020.
More than one billion people may face shortages of fresh water by 2050, especially as demand rises with living standards in Central, South, East and Southeast Asia.
By the 2080s, millions of people will be threatened by floods because of rising sea levels, especially in the mega-deltas of Asia and Africa and on small islands.
Mountains will have fewer glaciers, less snow, less winter tourism and as much as 60 percent species loss by 2080 if high emissions of greenhouse gases continue. Winter flooding will increase and less water will be available for energy, agriculture and human consumption.
Coral bleaching will cause widespread mortality unless the coral can adapt. The Great Barrier Reef could lose “significant” biodiversity by 2020.
Between 20 to 30 percent of plant and animal species examined to date face an increased risk of extinction if the average global temperature rise exceeds 1.5-2.5 degrees Celsius.
More than 100 nations agreed on the wording of the report. That means they agree there is a problem. And that we human beings as a collective caused this problem. So don’t you think it is only responsible as the dominant species in this world to stop bitching and start doing something about it?
Granted, most of the polluting is being done by those “big” countries, Al Gore admitted as much in his documentary An Inconvenient Truth. He may have painted doomsday picture of what’s happening to the Earth hence earning in a the “Inconvenient Asshole” sobriquet among the thinning Bush camp, but what he says I believe is true.
If anything, The UN climate report paints a more dire picture of the future than the Oscar-winning documentary. Wake up people.