Global Warming News and Update: U.N. Panel Urges World Leaders To Take Climate Change Action In New Report
The study cites the recent natural disasters of Europe's heat waves, wildfires in the U.S., Australia's drought, and the over flooding in Mozambique, Pakistan and Thailand as how vulnerable humans are to climate change.
According to the report, climate change will get worse and so will the implications and dangers caused by the extreme weather.
Princeton University professor Michael Oppenheimer, one of the study's main authors, said, "We're all sitting ducks," during an interview at the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in Japan.
More than 100 governments unanimously approved the 32-volume report meant for the world's political leaders. The word "risk" is used an average of more than five per page, according to Al Jazeera.
Many of those risks include some places not having enough water while other will have too much, food prices soaring as availability becomes scarce while disease and war could break out as a result.
The implications of climate change affect both current and future generations and will hit both rural farms and big cities, according to the report.
Saleemul Huq, International Centre for Climate Change and Development Director at the Independent University in Bangladesh and is one of the authors of the report, said that the current state of the globe's climate change has exceeded group's initial prediction back in 2007.
"Things are worse then we had predicted," Huq said. "We are going to see more and more impacts, faster and sooner than we had anticipated."
The 2,610-page report is taken seriously at the White House, Fox News reported, as Secretary of State John Kerry said, "the costs of inaction are catastrophic."
Rajendra Pachauri, the panel's chairman, told The Associated Press, that the effects of global warming "could get out of control" if humanity doesn't reduce pollution of carbon emissions and other heat-trapping gases.
Chris Field of the Carnegie Institution for Science in California said the time where climate change was hypothetical is in the past.
"We're now in an era where climate change isn't some kind of future hypothetical," Field said. "We live in an area where impacts from climate change are already widespread and consequential."
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