World Bank warns 7-degree worldwide temperature rise is inevitable with dire consequences to mankind

// November 27th, 2012 // Meteorology and Weather News

Turn down the heat on global warmingThe World Bank has issued a report, titled Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4oC Warmer World Must Be Avoided”, in which it claims the planet is on course for seven-degree Fahrenheit (four-degrees Celsius) temperature rise that cannot be avoided with current greenhouse warming correction techniques.

The report opens with this grave warning:

“It is my hope that this report shocks us into action. Even for those of us already committed to fighting climate change, I hope it causes us to work with much more urgency.”

The World Bank report leaves no doubt as to the cause of our current climate change:

“The science is unequivocal that humans are the cause of global warming, and major changes are already being observed: global mean warming is 0.8°C above pre industrial levels; oceans have warmed by 0.09°C since the 1950s and are acidifying; sea levels rose by about 20 cm since pre-industrial times and are now rising at 3.2 cm per decade; an exceptional number of extreme heat waves occurred in the last decade; major food crop growing areas are increasingly affected by drought.”

The report notes that if current climate conventions are met we will still see a 5-degree Fahrenheit rise in temperatures worldwide.  If the climate conventions are not met, they estimate a 40% chance of a 7-degree warming by 2100 and a 10% chance of this warming happening within the next 50 years.

The report notes that a 7-degree warming will have dire consequences for mankind:

“A world in which warming reaches 4°C above preindustrial levels would be one of unprecedented heat waves, severe drought, and major floods in many regions, with serious impacts on human systems, ecosystems, and associated services.”

The full text of the report may be viewed here.





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