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World Bank Report Warns No Nation Is Immune To Climate Change

 
A new report commissioned by the World Bank warns that our planet is on track towards a “4°C world” which will be “marked by extreme heat-waves and life-threatening sea level rise.”

“Lack of action on climate change threatens to make the world our children inherit a completely different world than we are living in today. Climate change is one of the single biggest challenges facing development, and we need to assume the moral responsibility to take action on behalf of future generations, especially the poorest.”

Furthermore, the report highlights the affect a warmer planet will have on global food stocks, suggesting that the adverse effects of a warming climate are “tilted against many of the world’s poorest regions,” liable to damage development efforts and goals.

“We will never end poverty if we don’t tackle climate change. It is one of the single biggest challenges to social justice today,” said World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on a conference call on Friday.

World Bank Warms of 4 degree Warming

The report, “Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided,” has been reviewed by some of the world’s top scientists and is set for release ahead of the next comprehensive studies by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2013/14.

According to the World Bank, the report “combines a synthesis of recent scientific literature with new analysis of likely impacts and risks, focusing on developing countries. It chronicles already observed climate change and impacts, such as heat waves and other extreme events, and offers projections for the 21st century for droughts, heat waves, sea level rise, food, water, ecosystems and human health.”
 

 
“This report reinforces the reality that today’s climate volatility affects everything we do,” said Rachel Kyte, the Bank’s Vice President for Sustainable Development. “We will redouble our efforts to build adaptive capacity and resilience, as well as find solutions to the climate challenge.”

The report addresses the rising sea levels, ocean acidification, increasing heat extremes hitting the sub-tropical Mediterranean, northern Africa, the Middle East, and the contiguous United States, fears of lower agricultural yields, and the risk to human support systems.

In what I must only assume is a clear and present attempt to smack the reality of the truth into readers, the World Bank concluded their press release warning us of just what we are facing:

“As global warming approaches and exceeds 2°C, there is a risk of triggering nonlinear tipping elements. Examples include the disintegration of the West Antarctic ice sheet leading to more rapid sea-level rise, or large-scale Amazon dieback drastically affecting ecosystems, rivers, agriculture, energy production, and livelihoods. This would further add to 21st-century global warming and impact entire continents.”

Source: World Bank
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