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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:47 AM

World Bank report warns of ‘devastating’ global warming

Source: The Hill

A major World Bank report warns that Earth is heading for a 4° Celsius (7.2° Fahrenheit) temperature rise by 2100 that would bring unprecedented heatwaves, droughts and floods – effects that put some of the poorest nations at highest risk.

“No nation will be immune to the impacts of climate change,” states the new report titled “Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided.”

“However, the distribution of impacts is likely to be inherently unequal and tilted against many of the world’s poorest regions, which have the least economic, institutional, scientific, and technical capacity to cope and adapt,” it adds.

The report arrives ahead of the next round of United Nations-led talks aimed at crafting a new global climate pact, which begin in Doha, Qatar in late November.

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Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/268647-major-report-warns-of-devastating-global-warming-says-poor-hit-hardest



More from the World Bank's web page about the report:

http://climatechange.worldbank.org/content/climate-change-report-warns-dramatically-warmer-world-century

"Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided," (pdf) warns we’re on track for a 4°C warmer world marked by extreme heat-waves, declining global food stocks, loss of ecosystems and biodiversity, and life-threatening sea level rise.

Moreover, adverse effects of a warming climate are “tilted against many of the world's poorest regions” and likely to undermine development efforts and global development goals, says the study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics, on behalf of the World Bank. The report, urges "further mitigation action as the best insurance against an uncertain future."

"Lack of action on climate change threatens to make the world our children inherit a completely different world than we are living in today. Climate change is one of the single biggest challenges facing development, and we need to assume the moral responsibility to take action on behalf of future generations, especially the poorest."

The report, reviewed by some of the world’s top scientists, is being released ahead of the next comprehensive studies by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2013/14, and follows the Bank’s own Strategic Framework for Development and Climate Change in 2008 and the World Development Report on climate change in 2010. "Turn Down the Heat" combines a synthesis of recent scientific literature with new analysis of likely impacts and risks, focusing on developing countries. It chronicles already observed climate change and impacts, such as heat waves and other extreme events, and offers projections for the 21st century for droughts, heat waves, sea level rise, food, water, ecosystems and human health.

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That page links to PDF files with the full report in English and several other languages.

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highplainsdem Nov 2012 OP
Nihil Nov 2012 #1
pscot Nov 2012 #4
Berlum Nov 2012 #2
Bragi Nov 2012 #3
Uncle Joe Nov 2012 #6
Amonester Nov 2012 #11
AldoLeopold Nov 2012 #5
dipsydoodle Nov 2012 #7
AldoLeopold Nov 2012 #8
octoberlib Nov 2012 #9
RobertEarl Nov 2012 #10

Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:58 AM

1. Kick for the stopped clock syndrome.

The World Bank are largely scum but if they can get people to listen & understand
the urgency of this issue, they will have achieved something positive.

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Response to Nihil (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:40 AM

4. Seems like they may be putting their money

where their talking point are. There are at least a few climate change projects in place, and more in yhe works.

http://web.worldbank.org/external/projects/main?menuPK=225435&theSitePK=40941&pagePK=223716&piPK=95917&query=&status=A®ioncode=ALL&countrycode=ALL§or=ALL&majorsector=ALL&prodline=ALL&lendinstrtype=ALL&lendinstr=ALL&majorthemeid=ALL&themeid=ALL&prodlinetype=ALL&goalid=ALL&metathemeid=ALL&startyr=ALL&endyr=ALL&env=ALL&sortby=BOARDSORTDATE&pagesize=10&sortorder=DESC&match=all&tlupi=&costcenter=&cctype=req&networkcode=ALL§orboard=ALL&reporttype=ALL&outputtype=ALL&outpdtline=ALL

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:06 AM

2. "Please stop with the science and the facts." - Republicans (R)

"We much prefer the lies our overpaid, chickenhawk propaganda pimps -- Rush, Fox, Beck, Hannity, and the other sellouts -- tell us. FatCat Fantasyland is so much nicer than reality."

- Republicans (R)

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:21 AM

3. The good news is in: rich nations not so badly hit!

That's probably the takeaway message for the minority of Republicans who accept science.

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Response to Bragi (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:04 PM

6. That's my take on the way they will be deluding themselves as well, however

no nation will be spared.



Ocean Acidification

Coral reefs are acutely sensitive to changes in water temperature and acidity levels. The report warns that by the time the warming levels reach 1.4° C in 2030s, coral reefs may stop growing. This would be a result of oceans becoming more acidic as a result of higher CO2 concentrations. And with 2.4° C, coral reefs in several areas may actually start to dissolve. This is likely to have profound consequences for people who depend on them for food, income, tourism and shoreline protection.

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Non-linear impacts

As global warming approaches and exceeds 2°C, there is a risk of triggering nonlinear tipping elements. Examples include the disintegration of the West Antarctic ice sheet leading to more rapid sea-level rise, or large-scale Amazon dieback drastically affecting ecosystems, rivers, agriculture, energy production, and livelihoods. This would further add to 21st-century global warming and impact entire continents.



These things and others will most assuredly affect the wealthy nations of the world in drastic fashion.

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Response to Uncle Joe (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 04:13 PM

11. Yeah, but the Rich & PoweRful (those who buy pol$) don't care

The Rich and PoweRful one-percenters don't care about nations, only if they have legal tax-evasion facilities, and even for that, not so much.

They delude themselves if they think they will adapt their digestive system in time to eat paper money, gold bars, and precious gems once the food chain will be gone for million of years to come.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:35 AM

5. Its time for a Jedi quote

Admiral Piett: "Intensify the forward batteries. I don't want anything to get through."

A-Wing comes straight at their noses

Admiral Piett: "Intensify forward firepower!"

Star Destroyer Bridge Officer: "Too late!"

A-wing pilot: "AAAHHHHH!!!!"

Boom.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:06 PM

7. Few of us will be around then but the banks will be.

Hence their concern.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:13 PM

8. Nah man

They'll on the bridge of their super star destroyer right when it plows nose first into the death star.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:29 PM

9. A lot of climate scientists think it might happen before then

One article on thinkprogress.org stated that many scientists now believe there will be no more arctic ice between 2015-2030. Scientists have been shocked at the rate of acceleration in the past few years. When I find the article , I'll update with a link.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:29 PM

10. What they really are saying

The impacts to insurance companies will damage their bottom line.

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Years ago, we watched as insurance companies - who depend on seeing into the future - began to sound the alert about global warming. The world bank has heard their pleadings.

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But... No carbon tax: Obama
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021841961

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