File photo: The target world leaders have set the summit will require countries to make ambitious and legally binding cuts to their carbon emissions.
File photo: The target world leaders have set the summit will require countries to make ambitious and legally binding cuts to their carbon emissions.

Global warming woes 'closing in'

By SAPA Time of article published Jun 20, 2013

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Washington - The World Bank on Wednesday warned that severe hardships from global warming could be felt within a generation, with new study detailing devastating impacts in Africa and Asia.

The report presents “an alarming scenario for the days and years ahead - what we could face in our lifetime,” said World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.

“The scientists tell us that if the world warms by two degrees Centigrade (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) - warming which may be reached in 20 to 30 years - that will cause widespread food shortages, unprecedented heat waves, and more intense cyclones,” he said in a statement.

An update of the Bank's November “Turn Down the Heat” climate report, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate said there was evidence in the past seven months that previous projections for greenhouse gas emissions had been too low.

Now, it said, there was a growing chance that warming will reach or exceed four degrees Celsius in this century “in the absence of near-term actions and further commitments to reduce emissions.”

In the report, commissioned by the World Bank, scientists from around the world focused on the risks of climate change to development in Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and South Asia, home to some of the world's poorest countries.

They looked at the likely impacts from varying degrees of global warming in a range of areas, including agriculture, water resources, coastal erosion and vulnerability to flooding. - Sapa-AFP

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