The latest predictions on climate change should shock us into action

Published on 19 November 2012

Despite the global community's best intentions to keep global warming below a 2C increase from the pre-industrial climate, higher levels of warming are increasingly likely. (..) The World Bank Group commissioned a report by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (..). Launched on Monday, the scenarios in the report are devastating: increasing risks for food production, potentially leading to higher malnutrition rates; many dry regions becoming dryer. (..) The lack of action on climate change not only risks putting prosperity out of reach for millions of people in the developing world; it also threatens to roll back decades of sustainable development.

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