A climate change report published today by the United Nations warns that the impacts of global warming are likely to be “severe, pervasive and irreversible”.
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The risks of global warming are already pressing upon Earth’s natural systems and, to a lesser extent, humanity, and research undertaken since 2007 is yielding sober warnings about greater frequency and intensity of extreme weather events; hits to farm production in many areas, especially in developing countries; and dramatic changes to ecosystems, including extensive loss of species.
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That assessment is contained in a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released Monday, which includes plenty of examples of global warming’s already-observed effects.
“We have assessed impacts as they are happening on natural and human systems on all continents,” said IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri during a briefing Monday. “In view of these impacts, and those that we have projected for the future, nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change.”
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