IPCC Report

by Developed Africa 2. April 2014 09:00

The report from the IPPC released on Monday on climate change claims climate change has already started having an impact across the globe on people’s health and access to good water/food resources.

 The summary of the report firstly outlines what previous adaptations across the world have been like, and what affect climate change has had in the past. It then moves on to the more pressing topic of how climate change is going to affect our resources now and in the future, and what, if any, adaptations can be made in order to decrease the effect this has upon daily life and access to resources.

 The effect on water sources and ecosystems is of particular concern:

Climate change is projected to reduce raw water quality and pose risks to drinking water quality even with conventional treatment, due to interacting factors: increased temperature; increased sediment, nutrient, and pollutant loadings from heavy rainfall; increased concentration of pollutants during droughts; and disruption of treatment facilities during floods.”

 But the main punch of the report comes from the affect that climate change is going to have on food security and production. Crop yields are going to be hit badly up to 2050, and even worse after that time, if nothing changes. But there is a key point that this article hits home, that it is going to affect us more than we thought, and that is going to be the case whether we make changes or not, but if we make changes we can change the effects of climate change in the long term future, slowly curbing the effects.

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Following the release of the report US Secretary of State, John Kerry, announced that:

“there are those who say we can’t afford to act. But waiting is truly unaffordable. The costs of inaction are catastrophic.”

To read the whole report click here.

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