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.