World Bank Releases Report on Climate Change Impacts
June 19, 2013  //  By:   //  Blog Post, Featured, Publication  //  No Comment

As climate change talks at Bonn wind down, the World Bank has contributed its own scientific input to the ongoing conversation. On June 19th, the World Bank released a new report entitled Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for ResilienceFocusing on the impacts to the regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and South Asia, the report makes the case that a 4°C degree increase in global temperatures must be avoided.

Organized around each geographical region, the report breaks down the impacts of anticipated changes in global temperature on agriculture, ecosystems, and coastal settlements from threats like sea-level rises and extreme weather patterns such as cyclones. The report further argues for a mitigation strategy to hold global temperature increases to 2°C.

“The scientists tell us that if the world warms by 2°C – warming which may be reached in 20 to 30 years – that will cause widespread food shortages, unprecedented heat-waves, and more intense cyclones,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. “In the near-term, climate change, which is already unfolding, could batter the slums even more and greatly harm the lives and the hopes of individuals and families who have had little hand in raising the Earth’s temperature.”

The report continues the new emphasis, under Kim’s direction, on climate change and its impacts on global efforts to eliminate poverty. Using the science assembled in this recent report, the Bank plans on extending its efforts to promote adaptation to climate change in the developing world, as well as continuing funding for mitigation efforts.

The report can be read in full on the World Bank website.

About the Author :

Daniel Zaleznik is a Research Associate for the Center for Governance and Sustainability, and a Masters student in International Relations at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He graduated in 2008 from Vanderbilt University with his B.A. in Philosophy.

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