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Date published: 2005/01/24

The BBC says:

The world may have little more than a decade to avert catastrophic climate change, politicians and scientists say.

A report by the International Climate Change Taskforce says it is vital that global temperatures do not rise by more than 2C above pre-industrial levels.

Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels that would trigger this rise could possibly be reached in about 10 years or so.
It says they would involve substantial agricultural losses, widespread adverse health effects and greatly increased risks of water shortage.

Many coral reefs and even the Amazon rainforest could suffer irreversible damage, the report says.

It says: "Above the 2C level, the risks of abrupt, accelerated or runaway climate change also increase.
It says the circulation of water in the North Atlantic could also shut down, altering the Gulf Stream which warms north-west Europe.

The report says limiting temperature rise to 2C is likely to mean making sure atmospheric CO2 concentrations do not rise above about 400 parts per million (ppm).

They have already reached about 380 ppm, and have been rising recently at more than 2 ppm annually, meaning the taskforce's threshold could be crossed by about 2015.
The taskforce's other recommendations include:

So yet another "end of the world" report. We're all dead in ten years. It's hard to know who is producing bigger nightmares to try and scare the populace, Bush and Blair with their "terrorist under every bed" scenario, or the climate scientists and so-called environmentalists with their "disasterous climate change" scenario. Unfortunately the latter could well be correct. Sooner or later every species has a population crash and this could be ours.

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