Threat from global warming heightened in latest U.N. report
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 01:16
March 31 - Global warming poses a growing threat to billions of people, top scientists say in a U.N. report that urges swift action to counter the effects of carbon emissions. Mana Rabiee reports.
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Much of the world is unprepared for the mounting threats of climate change.
That was the conclusion of top scientists in a new U.N. report released Monday in Japan.
It said global warming is affecting food and water shortages, economic livelihoods and raising the risk of wars.
The effects of climate change may be irreversible and billions of people could be affected.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE CHAIRMAN, RAJENDRA PACHAURI, SAYING:
"The one message that comes out very clearly is that the world has to adapt and the world has to mitigate and the sooner we do that the less the chances of some of the worst impacts of climate change being faced in different parts of the world."
Outside the venue on Sunday, climate activists presented mock life preservers and urged world leaders to take urgent action.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) GLOBAL CALL FOR CLIMATE ACTION COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, CHRISTIAN TERIETE, SAYING:
"This is the time to act, cut emissions to fight climate change. They have ample opportunity this year and next year at important climate summits and that is when they need to put better policies on the table to save their people and the environment that we depend on from climate change."
The scientists said they're more certain now than ever before that global warming is man-made.
They urged swift action to manage the risks of climate change.
Saying cuts to greenhouse gas emissions are an "insurance policy" for the planet.
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