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Published on March 17th, 2013 | by James Ayre

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UN Report: Human ‘Progress’ May Be Reversed By Climate Change

March 17th, 2013 by  

Recent human ‘progress’ may be reversed throughout much of the developing world as a result of climate change, according to the UN’s recently released 2013 Human Development Report.

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The report notes that while climate change will affect the whole world, the more equatorially located developing world will experience the worst of it, within the near future anyways. The report predicts that recent improvements in the HDI (Human Development Index) of these regions will be halted or reversed. South Asia and Subsaharan Africa are singled out by the report as likely seeing the most significant drops in living standards.

Among the most notable of its predictions, the report says that the number of people living in extreme poverty in the world could increase by up to 3 billion by 2050. And the regular environmental disasters occurring by then would then effectively stop these people from working their way out of poverty.

The report states: “Environmental threats are among the most grave impediments to lifting human development, and their consequences for poverty are likely to be high. The longer action is delayed, the higher the cost will be.”

That’s a pretty clear statement.

The predictions made by the report factor in the effects that climate change is expected to have on agricultural production, clean water, pollution, and deforestation. The report doesn’t factor in some of the other very likely effects of climate change, such as war, disease outbreaks, and desertification.


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's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.



  • mememine

    Some day in a real civilized and progressive society condemning billions of helpless children to a CO2 he!! with exaggerated CO2 death threats will have real legal consequences. Science says comet hits are eventual but has never said the same for any climate change crisis from Human CO2. It’s been a 27 “might be” crisis as not one single IPCC warning of crisis from the United Nations has ever been issued without being splattered in “maybe” and “could be”. You can’t have a little crisis and history is already calling our climate control fantasy just another Reefer Madness insanity.
    *Occupywallstreet does not even mention CO2 in its list of demands because of the bank-funded carbon trading stock markets ruled by corporations and trustworthy politicians.
    Science gave us pesticides; you know the pesticides that started the environmental movement in the first place. Grow up believers! Faith is belief reason is knowledge.

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