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Controversial climate report paints dire future for poor

By News Editor / Updated: 01 Aug 2019
After a marathon session, scientific experts and government delegates adopted the policy makers' summary of the second 2007 IPCC climate change report. Global warming is already happening and the poorest of the poor will be the biggest victims, confirms the report.
After a marathon session, scientific experts and government delegates adopted the policy makers' summary of the second 2007 IPCC climate change report. Global warming is already happening and the poorest of the poor will be the biggest victims, confirms the report.

On Friday 6 April, government delegates of over 100 countries wrangled over the report written by climate change experts and agreed on a final compromise after a marathon night session. Several scientists expressed their anger at some of the changes demanded by the political delegates and threatened not to work in the future with the IPCC anymore.

Political delegates from the US, China and Saudi Arabia took offence at some of the harsh wordings of the original draft report and managed to rewrite some of its content, much to the anger and frustration of the scientists.

For a comparison of both documents, see the draft document which was written by the scientists and the final compromise.

Issues

Even in its amended compromise version, the report Climate Change Impact, Adaptation and Vulnerability presents some tough conclusions:
  • Millions of people in Africa will face water shortages by 2020;
  • Almost a third of plant and animal species could be at increased risk of extinction;
  • The health of millions of people will be affected by climate change.

The most striking conclusion of the report is that it will be the world's poorest regions which will suffer most from the effects of global warming. 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).

The report is the second of a series of reports known as the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC on climate change. In February 2007, the first report on the science of climate change concluded that there was a 90% certainty that climate change is man-made (see EurActiv 2 February 2007).

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EurActive.com Tuesday 10 April 2007
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