World Bank warns of 4-degree future

The World Bank report “Turn Down the Heat” highlights the consequences of the 4-degree warming the world is heading for possibly as early as the 2060s, if the current level of inaction persists. Rising sea levels, extreme heat waves and decreasing crop yields will be the reality. What today is perceived as extreme weather, such as heat waves, will become the “new normal”.

“It is my hope that this report shocks us into action,” World Bank president Jim Yong Kim writes in the foreword.

The World Bank also stresses the fact that it is the poorest people in the poorest countries that will suffer most from climate change.

“We will never end poverty if we don’t tackle climate change. It is one of the single biggest challenges to social justice today,” Kim told Reuters.

Source: Worldbank press release, 18 November 2012

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