Why a 4C Warmer World Must be Avoided: A Report for the World Bank
by the Potsdam Institute for
Climate Impact Research and
Quote :The World Bank commissioned analysis by scientists at the Potsdam Institute looked at the consequences of a 4°C rise in global temperatures above pre-industrial levels by 2100 and found that, even if all current pledges get carried out "the world [is] on a trajectory for a global mean warming of well over 3°C." And current climate models still suggest a 20 percent chance of 4°C warming in this emissions scenario.
The direct consequences of a 4°C rise in global temperatures could bring three feet or more of sea-level rise by 2100, more severe heat waves, and regional extinction of coral reef ecosystems.
Quote :This report provides a snapshot of recent scientific literature and new analyses of likely impacts and risks that would be associated
with a 4° Celsius warming within this century. It is a rigorous attempt to outline a range of risks, focusing on developing
countries and especially the poor. A 4°C world would be one of unprecedented heat waves, severe drought, and major floods
in many regions, with serious impacts on ecosystems and associated services. But with action, a 4°C world can be avoided
and we can likely hold warming below 2°C.
Why is it that some are so concerned about the financial debt being left to our children, but don't give a dam about the huge burden of GW our children will have to deal with?