Effects of global warming to be outlined in coming report

Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11:00 am

Name some of the world’s major problems: Poverty, disease, starvation, war. All of them are likely to be made worse by man-made climate change.

That sober scenario is painted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. It plans to issue a report next March on how global warming already affects how we live and what is likely to happen in the future. A leaked copy of a draft of the report appeared Friday on a climate skeptic’s website, The Associated Press reports.

The report says the most vulnerable people are the poor and residents of cities, where most of the world’s people now live. …

The report concludes that scientists have high confidence in the predictions.

Global warming isn’t the only cause of these ills, the report points out, not even the leading cause. It uses the word “exacerbate” a lot to describe the effects of warming.

The report details risks on each continent and suggests ways that countries can adapt. In North America, for instance, the highest long-term risks are wildfires, heat waves and flooding.

It’s not just gloom and doom, the report’s director said, because it suggests what countries can do to avert some of the damage.

“I see the difference between a world in which we don’t do anything and a world in which we try hard to get our arms around the problem.”

-Paris Post-Intelligencer

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