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Nobody Will Be Untouched Warns IPCC Chief

31.03.2014
31.03.2014 10:30 Age: 3 yrs

Climate change is already having an impact and worse is to come, according to a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which was published on 31 March 2014.

Click to enlarge. Impacts on food yields. Courtesy: IPCC.

Click to enlarge. IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri. Courtesy: BBC.

Risks

Key risks identified in the latest report include:

 

  • Storm surges, coastal flooding, and sea-level rise affecting low-lying coastal zones and small island developing states and other small islands and leading to fatalities, injuries and economic damage.
  • Inland flooding affecting large urban populations disrupting livelihoods and affecting health.
  • Extreme weather events leading to breakdown of infrastructure networks and critical services such as electricity, water supply, and health and emergency services.
  • Death and illness due to extreme heat, particularly for vulnerable urban populations and those working outdoors in urban or rural areas.
  • Food insecurity and the breakdown of food systems linked to warming, drought, flooding, and precipitation variability and extremes, particularly for poorer populations in urban and rural settings.
  • Loss of rural livelihoods and income due to insufficient access to drinking and irrigation water and reduced agricultural productivity, particularly for farmers and pastoralists with minimal capital in semi-arid regions.
  • Loss of marine and coastal ecosystems, biodiversity, affecting coastal communities and especially fishing communities in the tropics and the Arctic.
  • Loss of terrestrial and inland water ecosystems and biodiversity.

Food

Sources 

See report here.

See our report here.