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Prepare for 5°C Warmer World, Former Leader of Climate Change Panel Says

February 17, 2013

Full Article at http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/ex-ipcc_leader_prepare_for_a_5c_warmer_world_20130214/

By Alex Kirby

The world has missed the chance to keep greenhouse gas emissions below the level
needed to prevent the temperature climbing above 2°C, according to the British
scientist who used to chair the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change.

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“When I was chairing the IPCC we were all very optimistic that we’d have a global agreement to limit emissions, though we knew it would be difficult. But we were hopeful that emissions would not go up at the tremendous rate they are rising now.”

A world 5°C warmer than today could expect falling harvests in developing and developed countries, sea level rise threatening many major cities, and significant water shortages.

More species would be facing extinction (10% of species are thought to be at risk for every 1°C of warming), there would be more (and more intense) extreme weather, and a growing risk of abrupt and major irreversible changes in the climate system.

Full Article at http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/ex-ipcc_leader_prepare_for_a_5c_warmer_world_20130214/

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