April 6, 2007
The United Nations global warming report has a stark bottom line, climate change poses major threats to the planet, and people on every
People in poor countries will be the most affected as the climate warms
over the next 100-years.
Parts of sub-Saharan Africa will get hotter, drier and less able to
support humans, and low-lying areas of Asia will be vulnerable to rising sea levels.
"It is the poorest of the poor in the world who are going to be worst hit, least able to adapt" said Rajendra Pachauri, Climate Report Chairman.
But rich countries will be hit hard, as well. The report warns of a bigger risk of brush fires in California, insect infestations, and
more frequent heat waves in some U.S. cities.
What's causing it? The report blames a large part of global warming on
humans and the amount of greenhouse gasses they send into the
atmosphere, by burning fossil fuels.
Despite that, the Bush administration is calling for more study into climate change. U.S. officials say the dire predictions won't change
America's stance on greenhouse gas emissions.
President Bush has argued putting mandatory caps on those emissions
would hurt the U.S. economy and that other big industry countries are exempt from reductions.
When this report is officially presented in June, European countries
are expected to use it to pressure the President to take part in global
talks on cutting emissions.