A Closer Look at Climate Panel’s Findings on Global Warming Impacts

November 6, 2013 • Climate Change & Mitigation, Family Planning, Africa, Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Andy Revkin for making the following note near the end of his post, which is excerpted below:

“One issue I didn’t see mentioned was population growth as a driver of vulnerability in regions like sub-Saharan Africa. So it was not surprising to see no mention of expanding access to family planning as a strategy for reducing stresses from climate extremes, or climate change, in such regions. That’s unfortunate, but unsurprising given how population is frequently unmentionable in the context of international discussions of climate change.”

A Closer Look at Climate Panel’s Findings on Global Warming Impacts

See: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/02/a-closer-look-at-climate-panels-findings-on-global-warming-impacts/?_r=0

Justin Gillis has provided a look at the forthcoming report on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation options from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, based on a leaked final draft (dated Oct. 28) that was posted on the blog of Donna Laframboise, a longtime critic of the panel. (You can also download it here.)

Gillis’s piece focuses on the section on agricultural impacts of climate change. Please read it and return, keeping in mind that language could change before the final report is released in late March in Japan.

Here’s a sample of some other notable conclusions:

Human health:

Until mid-century, climate change will impact human health mainly by exacerbating health problems that already exist (high confidence), and climate change throughout the 21st century will lead to increases in ill-health in many regions, as compared to a baseline without climate change (high confidence). Examples include greater likelihood of injury, disease, and death due to more intense heat waves and fires; increased likelihood of under-nutrition resulting from diminished food production in poor regions; risks from lost work capacity and reduced labor productivity in vulnerable populations; and increased risks from food- and water-borne diseases. Positive effects will include modest improvements in cold-related mortality and morbidity in some areas due to fewer cold extremes, shifts in food production, and reduced capacity of disease-carrying vectors (medium confidence), but globally, positive inlpacts will be outweighed by the magnitude and severity of negative impacts (high confidence). The most effective adaptation measures for health in the near-term are programs that implement basic public health measures such as provision of clean water and sanitation, secure essential health care including vaccination and child health services, increase capacity for disaster preparedness and response, and alleviate poverty (very high confidence).

To read the full post, please click here: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/02/a-closer-look-at-climate-panels-findings-on-global-warming-impacts/?_r=0

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