Azara Blog: IPCC releases latest report on the impact of climate change

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Date published: 2007/04/06

The BBC says:

Billions of people face shortages of food and water and increased risk of flooding, experts at a major climate change conference have warned.

The bleak conclusion came ahead of the publication of a key report by hundreds of international environmental experts.

Agreement on the final wording of the report was reached after a marathon debate through the night in Brussels.

People living in poverty would be worst affected by the effects of climate change, the gathered experts said.

"It's the poorest of the poor in the world, and this includes poor people even in prosperous societies, who are going to be the worst hit," said Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Mr Pachauri said those people were also the least equipped to deal with the effects of such changes.

Outlining the report's findings, Martin Parry, co-chairman of IPCC Working Group II, said evidence showed climate change was having a direct effect on animals, plants and water.

"For the first time, we are no longer arm-waving with models; this is empirical data, we can actually measure it," he told a news conference.

Key findings of the report include:

The report states that the observed increase in the global average temperature was "very likely" due to man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

Nothing really new here. And it's particularly trivially obvious that poor people will be worst affected, they are worst affected by everything in life, has anyone seriously suggested otherwise? Needless to say the people putting this report together are the rich, and they not only contribute the most to climate change (e.g. from their air travel just getting to and from all these and other conferences), they will also be the people least affected by climate change.

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