A study by the world's leading experts says global warming will happen
faster and be more devastating than previously thought.
A draft copy of the Fourth Assessment Report of the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, obtained by The Observer, shows the frequency
ofdevastating storms - like the ones that battered Britain last week -
will increase dramatically. Sea levels will rise over the century by around
half a metre; snow will disappear from all but the highest mountains; deserts
will spread; oceans become acidic, leading to the destruction of coral
reefs and atolls; and deadly heatwaves will become more prevalent.
The impact will be catastrophic, forcing hundreds of millions of
people to flee their devastated homelands, particularly in tropical, low-lying
areas, while creating waves of immigrants whose movements will strain
the economies of even the most affluent countries.
The most likely outcome of continuing rises in greenhouses gases will
be to make the planet a further 3C hotter by 2100, although the report
acknowledges that rises of 4.5C to 5C could be experienced. Ice-cap
melting, rises in sea levels, flooding, cyclones and storms will be an
mankind's industrial emissions have had five times more effect on the
climate than any fluctuations in solar radiation. We are the masters of
our own destruction,
The report reflects climate scientists' growing fears that Earth is
nearing the stage when carbon dioxide rises will bring irreversible
change to the planet.
From The Guardian, Here