Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Grim Reaper Eyes Poor Countries
Peter Walker and agencies Tuesday September 18 2007
Developing countries in Africa and Asia will be among those most affected by climate change, global warming experts will warn today.
Millions of people are likely to face drought, hunger and floods given predicted increases in global temperatures, scientists will say in a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The UN-convened body, which is the world's most authoritative organisation on climate change, will today issue the fourth assessment report by its Working Group II. The document names Africa, the Asian mega-deltas, small islands and the Arctic as being most at risk.
According to the report, an interim summary of which was published in April, it is probably too late to avoid some major consequences. The full document was launched this morning at the Royal Geographical Society in central London. It warns that agriculture and human health in developing nations will be hit, along with coral reefs, sea ice, coastal regions, mountains and tundra.
During a two-day meeting in London this week, IPCC experts will discuss its impact on Africa and other vulnerable areas, as well as Britain and Europe.
The interim summary made for grim reading, even after it was toned down following pressure from America, China, India and Saudi Arabia. It said that by 2080, 1.1 billion to 3.2 billion people will face water shortages, and some 200 million to 600 million will face food shortages.
NVDL: Anyone out there pregnant or planning to start a family? Maybe a good time to start reading the news and thinking about what the future will mean, not only for you, but also your puppy's. Our just-in-time one-click get-what-you-want lifestyles are about to slip down a few gears as we move down a few rungs on the Convenience LifeStyle Ladder.