The second of four parts of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report into the effect of climate change on the planet has given warnings of the impacts of global warming in the coming years. The report states that the effects of climate change may be catastrophic and climate change is predicted to be responsible for changes in crop production, fish catches and flood risk.
Some have said, including one of the co-chairs of the report, that the paper is too alarmist. However, I am hoping that these dramatic statements, along with a doubling in scientific evidence for warming impacts since the last report in 2007, are now hitting home and will produce action to cut emissions, particularly if governments can now see that Homo sapiens are on the long list of species which are likely to be affected.
In the words of the report, "increasing magnitudes of warming increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts". "Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change,'' said Mr Pachauri, chair of the IPCC.