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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Carbon emissions threaten world stability

Increasing carbon emissions will increase the risk of conflict, famine, floods, economic disruption, and the inhabitants of the earth's mass migration in this century.

If left unchecked, the greenhouse gas emissions will lead to the loss of trillions of dollars because of damage to property and ecosystems, and to the cost of building a climate defense systems. This risk increases every one degree increase in air temperature due to global warming.

As stated in a recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) delivered after a five-day conference in Yokohama, Japan, on Monday, March 31, 2014. The IPCC is a panel of experts that the United Nations was formed in 1988 to provide scientific guidance and neutral climate change.

"Increasing the amount of warming increase the likelihood of various impacts of severe, widespread, and can not be changed," according to a summary of the report, which is a strong message to decision makers.

The IPCC report says, the impact of global warming is felt everywhere, fomenting the possibility of food shortages, natural disasters, and the risk of war. "The world, in many cases, are not prepared to face the risks of climate change," said IPCC report after the final text was agreed.

This report is the second chapter of the fifth stage of the examination by the IPCC, which gives the loudest warnings of extreme consequences related to global warming. The report also provides a more detailed description of the effects of regional climate change.

According to this latest report, global warming will disrupt rainfall patterns and cause a significant increase in the risk of flooding, particularly in Europe and Asia. On the other hand, also the higher the risk of drought in arid areas.

All of that will have an impact on agriculture and health, and in turn could lead to turmoil and conflict as a result of mass migration from areas that can no longer be habitable. An earlier report, published in 2007, causing a wave of political action which at one point had led to hopes of achieving a world treaty on climate change in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2009.

However, a global consensus fails to materialize when there is a difference of opinion between developing countries and developed countries. Countries the main cause of pollution, such as China, insisting that countries rich who should lead efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Developing countries, China continued, can not be expected to sacrifice their economic growth.

In the United States, President Barack Obama's efforts to pass climate change legislation in Congress blocked, while many Republican politicians are still not sure on the scientific evidence of global warming. According to the republicans, climate change mitigation efforts would only be an unnecessary barrier to economic growth. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BBC]
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