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Millions to go hungry, waterless: climate report (leaked draft of IPCC report)
Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/30/07 | Rob Taylor

Posted on 01/30/2007 3:07:20 PM PST by NormsRevenge

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Rising temperatures will leave millions more people hungry by 2080 and cause critical water shortages in China and Australia, as well as parts of Europe and the United States, according to a new global climate report.

By the end of the century, climate change will bring water scarcity to between 1.1 and 3.2 billion people as temperatures rise by 2 to 3 Celsius (3.6 to 4.8 Fahrenheit), a leaked draft of an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report said.

The report, due for release in April but detailed in The Age newspaper, said an additional 200 million to 600 million people across the world would face food shortages in another 70 years, while coastal flooding would hit another 7 million homes.

"The message is that every region of the earth will have exposure," Dr Graeme Pearman, who helped draft the report, told Reuters on Tuesday.

"If you look at China, like Australia they will lose significant rainfall in their agricultural areas," said Pearman, the former climate director of Australia's top science body, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.

Africa and poor countries such as Bangladesh would be most affected because they were least able to cope with greater coastal damage and drought, said Pearman.

The IPCC was set up in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization and the U.N. Environment Program to guide policy makers globally on the impact of climate change.

The panel is to release a report on Friday in Paris forecasting global temperatures rising by 2 to 4.5 Celsius (3.6 to 8.1 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by 2100, with a "best estimate" of a 3C (5.4 F) rise.

That report will summarize the scientific basis of climate change, while the April draft details the consequences of global warming and options for adapting to them.

The draft contains an entire chapter on Australia -- which is in the grip of its worst recorded drought -- warning the country's Great Barrier Reef would become "functionally extinct" because of coral bleaching.

As well, snow would disappear from Australia's southeast alps, while water inflows to the Murray-Darling river basin, the country's main agricultural region, would fall by 10 and 25 percent by 2050.

In Europe, glaciers would disappear from the central Alps, while some Pacific island nations would be hit hard by rising sea levels and more frequent tropical storms.

"It's really a story of trying to assess in your own region what your exposure will be, and making sure you have ways to deal with it," said Pearman.

On the positive side, Pearman said there was an enormous amount the international community could do to avert climate change if swift action was taken.

"The projections in the report that comes out this week are based on the assumption that we are slow to respond and that things continue more-or-less as they have in the past."

Some scientists say Australia -- the world's driest inhabited continent -- is suffering from "accelerated climate change" compared to other nations.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: climate; climatechange; globalwarming; golbalwarming; hic; hungry; ipcc; millions; waterless
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If current trends continue their will be a 1.2 billion cars in Jakarta by the year 2095.


21 posted on 01/30/2007 3:49:25 PM PST by Jonah Johansen ("Coming soon to a neighborhood near you")
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If current trends continue their will be a 1.2 billion cars in Jakarta by the year 2095.


22 posted on 01/30/2007 3:49:39 PM PST by Jonah Johansen ("Coming soon to a neighborhood near you")
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To: NormsRevenge

With a high of 19 and a low of 2, I am not feeling this whole global warming thing.....gotta go and put another log on the fire.


23 posted on 01/30/2007 3:50:03 PM PST by Kimmers
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To: NormsRevenge

These guys can't accurately tell us what the weather is going to tomorrow; I'm going to believe them what might happen in 50 years?


24 posted on 01/30/2007 3:57:24 PM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Rising temperatures will leave millions more people hungry by 2080 and cause critical water shortages in China and Australia, as well as parts of Europe and the United States, according to a new global climate report.

RJL’s reports shows that desalinization will easily and cheaply provide all the fresh water needed by the year 2080.

Further, plants and crops will love the warmer weather and mankind will live in a tropical Garden of Eden.

25 posted on 01/30/2007 3:59:54 PM PST by RJL
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To: BenLurkin

I thought the asteroid was gonna hit in 2012.


26 posted on 01/30/2007 4:00:17 PM PST by Farmer Dean (Every time a toilet flushes,another liberal gets his brains.)
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To: Farmer Dean

And didn't Ted Danson tell us in the 1980's that the Oceans would disappear by the year 2000? I guess it's just easier to worry about something that MIGHT happen way down the road, than have to face the huge problem that's facing us now. If Muslims take over the world, the earth blowing up might be a welcomed occurance.


27 posted on 01/30/2007 4:14:44 PM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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To: NormsRevenge
To assume that higher temperatures automatically lead to drier conditions is not a cut and dried assumption.

For example, during the last ice age, conditions were sometimes actually drier than now.

And, during the Cretaceous era, there were no ice caps at all, and the temperature was way warmer. Most of the world's aluminum deposits date from this era, as they needed copious amounts of rainfall to leach the soil and concentrate the aluminum.

28 posted on 01/30/2007 4:19:20 PM PST by Red Boots
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To: Farmer Dean

Something like that.


29 posted on 01/30/2007 4:26:56 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: NormsRevenge
Rising temperatures will leave millions more people hungry by 2080 and cause critical water shortages in China and Australia, as well as parts of Europe and the United States, according to a new global climate report.

whoa..what foresight... there's already water shortages in Australia & China !
30 posted on 01/30/2007 4:28:55 PM PST by stylin19a
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To: NormsRevenge

2080!!!!??????

I'm going to start stocking up on water and canned food now and avoid the rush!!!





/sarc


31 posted on 01/30/2007 4:32:46 PM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Now they are psychics, too.


32 posted on 01/30/2007 4:33:46 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: NormsRevenge
When you build a climate change computer model without taking into account the variability of the sun what do you have?

It's all about taxing you until you drop and destroying the U.S. economy. Equal misery for all the world's people.

Global warming, it's the left's new substitute for communism.
33 posted on 01/30/2007 4:36:36 PM PST by Tarpon
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To: NormsRevenge

Rising temperatures will leave millions more people hungry by 2080
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I still have my global freeze wardrobe from the 70s. Think I should cut the arms off and do short sleeves? I hate to waste so many designer outfits.


34 posted on 01/30/2007 4:49:55 PM PST by Joan Kerrey (Believe nothing of what you hear or read and half of what you see.)
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To: DustyMoment
I better hurry and stock up on water.

When I'm 115 years old, I'm sure to forget.

35 posted on 01/30/2007 4:53:52 PM PST by MooseMan
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To: Arizona Carolyn
Here is what a real psychic sees for the world by 2012.



Note that Han China, and most of Europe is gone. This will cut the CO2 emissions quite a lot. Also, Africa gets internal waterways that should assist in economic development there after the earthquakes are over.
36 posted on 01/30/2007 4:55:24 PM PST by SubMareener (Become a monthly donor! Free FreeRepublic.com from Quarterly FReepathons!)
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To: SubMareener

looking at your map, it looks like there will be plenty of water, especially for Europe and the Middle-East


37 posted on 01/30/2007 4:58:40 PM PST by MooseMan
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To: MooseMan
And lots of new land where no one will be an illegal immigrant!
38 posted on 01/30/2007 4:59:37 PM PST by SubMareener (Become a monthly donor! Free FreeRepublic.com from Quarterly FReepathons!)
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To: BenLurkin

"The sun will explode in 2012."

Yeah, those Mayans were on to something!


39 posted on 01/30/2007 5:03:20 PM PST by Disturbin ("Mutha should I run for president? Mutha should I trust the government?")
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To: SubMareener

The good news is I won't have to pay anything to take my boat through the Panama Canal because it doesn't exist. Also, it looks like 'ol Fidel is out of business too!


40 posted on 01/30/2007 5:03:38 PM PST by Senormechanico
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