Saturday, April 07, 2007

United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report Predicts 3 Degrees Centigrade of Global Warming This Century

A new global warming report issued Friday by the UN paints a gloomy picture: more than 1 billion people in desperate need of water, extreme food shortages in Africa, a blighted landscape ravaged by fires and floods, and millions of species becoming extinct.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed to all nations to make "decisive efforts" to alleviate the consequences of global warming. As we all know, the report released in Brussels by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), stated that warmer global temperatures have been causing profound changes in earth's natural systems.
UN Secretary-General Ban stated concern that climatic changes are increasingly noticeable, and they likely to become more noticeable in the future, as extreme weather events intensify.

The earth is likely to warm by 3 degrees centigrade during this century, a temperature that would have largely negative consequences for biodiversity and ecosystem goods and services, such as water and food supply, and extinction of species appears to be increasingly at risk where there are global average temperature changes in that temperature range.

Also, springtime run-off and glacier discharge results in an early spring, which causes vegetation to green earlier. Plant and animal species are shifting to higher altitudes. Although the report, to my knowledge, did not mention bees, it's interesting that the bees have basically disappeared this year from North America. The IPCC predicts that by mid-century, the annual average river runoff and water availability will increase by 10-40 per cent at high latitudes and in some wet tropical areas, while decreasing by 10-30 per cent in some dry regions at mid-latitudes and in the dry tropics. Also, instances of draught are to increase, as well as reduced water availability for regions using glacier-fed rivers for drinking water (which is about 1/6 of the world's population).


At 4/07/2007 10:52 PM, Blogger Seven Star Hand said...

Hey Vicki,

You never really know how karma will manifest itself. I hate to sound like a broken record, but until humanity turns away from money, religion, and politics, and learns to live wisely without causing harm to other people and life-forms, these "plagues" will continue, unabated.

Welcome to "armageddon."

Armageddon refers to the valley of great decision(s), hence "judgment(s)." It thereby symbolizes a low place in time and human circumstances leading to humbling (wise) decisions and great realizations (revelations, apocalypse).

Look at the widespread "plagues" that have been afflicting human civilization in recent years. Global climate change and its many ramifications are merely one aspect of this unfolding scenario.


Here is Wisdom !!

At 4/20/2007 6:00 PM, Blogger Liliy said...

Your're right seven star hand. It will be hard for the world to change until the attitude changes. I'm very happy to hear San Fransisco is banning plastic bags. I've tried to use cloth bags, but I've had trouble remembering to bring it. By the way, I'm no expert but are sure bees have disappeared? I've seen a lot of bees lately!

At 4/25/2007 4:09 AM, Blogger Jackie said...

Unfortunately Africa is suffering from the effects of the big nations pollution. What amazes me is how much lower Canada's pollution levels are against the US proving something has to be done immediately in the US. Gore thank goodness is making people there more aware.

Sadly Global Warming effects everyone on Earth whether your country is guilty or not.

At 6/05/2007 4:15 AM, Blogger Jackie said...

Wow, just realized I double posted here and post below (posted in wrong area)...two weeks between my comments. LOL getting old.


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