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Sneak preview of big climate report: Change is ‘already showing up’ by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
March 29, 2007, 9:12 pm
Filed under: Articles, Environment, If you only have 15 mins, Megatrend

Thanks to our own Ruth Allen, who writes that the Associated Press got a sneak preview of the second report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change this week. The news is not good – Brad Knickerbocker has a good commentary here. The bottom line is that the world’s top scientists are saying that “the harmful effects of global warming on daily life are already showing up, and within a couple of decades hundreds of millions of people won’t have enough water.”

The Associate Press article is here. It mentions that numerous humanitarian issues are expected to be highlighted including water security and the faster than expected rate at which sea level is rising, both of which will affect millions in some of the world’s poorest places.  The articles also profiles strides taken this month by European governments that go well beyond Kyoto-agreed targets to address global warming, which British Prime Minister Tony Blair recently called “the biggest long-term threat facing our world.

It’s a sobering report, and a call to action that reminds us that, while global warming soon will “affect everyone’s life … it’s the poor sectors that will be most affected.

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