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3/18/2014 (9 months ago)

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United nations panel paints Apocalyptic scenario from global warming trends

A forthcoming report from the United nations paints a very bleak picture of a world irreparably damaged by climate change. The second of three publications by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, due for publication at the end of this month, is the most comprehensive investigation into the impact of climate change ever undertaken. According to the report, the warming climate will force mass migration, especially in Asia, increasing the risk of violent conflict.

Small-island states and other places highly vulnerable to sea-level rise face major challenges to their territorial integrity.

Small-island states and other places highly vulnerable to sea-level rise face major challenges to their territorial integrity.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/18/2014 (9 months ago)

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Keywords: Climate change, poverty, wars, malnutrition


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The report predicts that climate change will reduce median crop yields by two percent per decade for the rest of the century. Set against a backdrop of a world in dire need of more food, this will push up malnutrition in children by about a fifth.
 

Flood damaged streets in Queens, New York where the historic boardwalk was washed away due to Hurric

Flood damaged streets in Queens, New York where the historic boardwalk was washed away due to Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The report predicts that by the end of the century "hundreds of millions of people will be affected by coastal flooding and displaced due to land loss."


The warming climate will also take its toll on human health, pushing up the number of intense heat waves and fires and increasing the risk from food and water-borne illnesses.

The United Kingdom's already elevated air pollution is likely to worsen as burning fossil fuels increase ozone levels. Warmer weather will increase the incidence of asthma and hay fever.

Widespread drought devastated a corn crop on a farm near Bruceville, Indiana in 2012. The report for

Widespread drought devastated a corn crop on a farm near Bruceville, Indiana in 2012. The report forecasts that climate change will reduce median yields by up to 2 per cent per decade for the rest of the century.


A rare grassy coastal habitat unique to Scotland and Ireland is also set to suffer, as are grouse moors in the U.K. and peat lands in Ireland.

By the end of the 21st Century "hundreds of millions of people will be affected by coastal flooding and displaced due to land loss." The majority affected will be in East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia.

The Evening Standard headline board showing the words

The Evening Standard headline board showing the words 'Black Friday Shares Crash' in London in October 2008 in London. The report warns a global mean temperature increase of 2.5C above pre-industrial levels may lead to global aggregate economic losses of between 0.2 and 2.0 per cent.


In addition, rising sea levels mean coastal systems and low-lying areas will increasingly experience submergence, coastal flooding and coastal erosion.

A global mean temperature increase of 2.5 centigrade above pre-industrial levels may lead to global aggregate economic losses of between 0.2 and 2.0 percent, the report warns.

A child suffering from malnutrition and diarrhoea is seen at the Banadir hospital in the Somalian ca

A child suffering from malnutrition and diarrhoea is seen at the Banadir hospital in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu in 2009. Climate change will lead to increases in ill-health in many regions, with examples including an increased likelihood of under-nutrition.


Until mid-century, climate change will impact human health mainly by exacerbating problems that already exist, the report says.

Climate change will lead to increases in ill-health in many regions, with examples including a greater likelihood of injury, disease and death due to more intense heat waves and fires; increased likelihood of under-nutrition; and increased risks from food and water-borne diseases.

Climate change over the 21st century will have a significant impact on forms of migration that compromise human security. Climate change also indirectly increases the risks from violent conflict in the form of civil war, inter-group violence and violent protests by exacerbating well-established drivers of these conflicts such as poverty and economic shocks.

A Muslim migrant holds his son as they are detained at the Immigration Police Office on the Thai-Mal

A Muslim migrant holds his son as they are detained at the Immigration Police Office on the Thai-Malaysian border in March 2014. The report states that climate change over the 21st century will have a significant impact on forms of migration that compromise human security.


Small-island states and other places highly vulnerable to sea-level rise face major challenges to their territorial integrity. Some "trans-boundary" impacts of climate change, such as changes in sea ice, shared water resources and migration of fish stocks have the potential to increase rivalry among states.
 
A villager walks through a parched paddy in Tianlin county, China in 2012. The report finds that cli

A villager walks through a parched paddy in Tianlin county, China in 2012. The report finds that climate change will "reduce renewable surface water and groundwater resources significantly in most dry subtropical regions."


Even worse, "freshwater-related risks of climate change increase significantly with increasing greenhouse gas emissions," the report reads. It finds that climate change will "reduce renewable surface water and groundwater resources significantly in most dry subtropical regions," exacerbating the competition for water. Terrestrial and freshwater species will also face an increased extinction risk under projected climate change during and beyond the 21st century.

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Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for December 2014
Christmas, hope for humanity:
That the birth of the Redeemer may bring peace and hope to all people of good will.
Parents: That parents may be true evangelizers, passing on to their children the precious gift of faith.



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