Climate in Peril: A Popular Guide to the Latest Ipcc Reports by Alex Kirby

By Alex Kirby

Warming of the weather approach is past argument, as proven by means of observations of raises in regular air and ocean temperatures, the common melting of snow and ice, and emerging international sea degrees. yet because the messages from scientists turn into more and more particular, the distance among the necessity for motion they venture and the weather coverage the area leaders installed position continues to be. the aim of this advisor is to extend public knowing in regards to the urgency of motion to wrestle weather switch and its affects.

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Risks to unique and threatened systems. There is new and stronger evidence of observed impacts of climate change on unique and vulnerable systems (such as polar and high mountain communities and ecosystems), with increasing levels of adverse impacts as temperatures rise. An increasing risk of species extinction and coral reef damage is projected with higher confidence than in the TAR as warming proceeds. Risks of extreme weather events. Responses to some recent extreme events reveal higher levels of vulnerability in both developing and developed countries than was assessed in the Third Assessment Report.

Underground On vs. without watersaving shower head C02 emitted by a “climateconscious” consumer Regular vs. energy-saving bulbs 4 Apple snack Imported by plane from South Africa vs. by lorry from Italy 5 4 Note: calculation is based on an average household, where one kilowatt per hour accounts for 530 grams of CO2. This value can be improved by using renewable energy sources for electricity production. 3 2 1 Electric vs. ) Design: Emmannuelle Bournay, 2008. 48 Climate in Peril Label D vs. label A Office devices Strawberry snack (500 grams) 6 Dishwasher 0 24 h Alarm clock Drying hair Toothbrush Electric vs.

Studies published since the 2001 IPCC assessment report allow a more systematic understanding of the timing and extent of impacts linked to different rates of climate change. 06 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 Source: IPCC, 2007. g. algal blooms Adverse effects on quality of surface and groundwater Inability to cultivate land due to waterlogging of soils Contamination of water supply Land degradation More widespread water stress Crop damage and failure Windthrow (uprooting) of trees Power outages cause disruption of public water supply Damage to coral reefs Salinisation of irrigation water, estuaries and freshwater systems Reduction in quality of life for people in warm areas without appropriate housing Increased risk of deaths, injuries, infectious, respiratory and skin diseases Disruption of settlements, commerce, transport and societies due to flooding Increased risk of malnutrition Increased risk of deaths, injuries, water and food-borne diseases Posttraumatic stress disorders Decreased freshwater availability due to salt-water intrusion Impacts on elderly, very young and poor Pressures on urban and rural infrastructures Loss of property Increased risk of waterand food-borne diseases Increased livestock deaths Damage to crops Increased risk of heat-related mortality, especially for the elderly, chronically sick, very young and socially isolated Water stress may be relieved Increased risk of wildfire CYCLONES AND STORM SURGES Human health Water shortages for settlements, industry and societies Reduced hydropower generation potentials Withdrawal of risk coverage in vulnerable areas by private insurers Potential for population migrations Loss of property Increased risk of deaths and injuries by drowning in floods Costs of coastal protection versus costs of land-use relocation Migration-related health effects Potential for movement of populations and infrastructure Projected climate change and its impacts 31 Where are the most affected and who are the most vulnerable?

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