19 Nov '12, 9pm

World Bank Report Paints Bleak Picture of Warming World

World Bank Report Paints Bleak Picture of Warming World

"It is my hope that this report shocks us into action." There is no mistaking World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim's goals here; that statement begins his introductory note to the World Bank's newest report, titled Turn Down the Heat . The report is a striking look not into how we could mitigate global warming, but into what will happen if we don't. If the global energy picture doesn't change dramatically in the next few years, and the world continues along the pathway known commonly as "business as usual," projections put the average global temperature 4°C warmer by 2100, at the least. As Kim writes, the results of that seemingly minuscule temperature increase would be "devastating": "The inundation of coastal cities; increasing risks for food production potentially leading to higher malnutrition rates; many dry regions becoming dryer, wet regions wetter; unprecedented...

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