Clime change: Fresh UN re­port warns of grave dan­ger

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Daniel Adugbo

The world is ill-pre­pared for many of the risks posed by cli­mate change, a fresh UN re­port on the im­pact of global warm­ing re­leased yes­ter­day warned.

The re­port, de­scribed as one of the most am­bi­tious sci­en­tific un­der­tak­ings in hu­man his­tory noted that ex­treme weather pat­terns will com­pli­cate ex­ist­ing con­flicts over re­sources such as wa­ter and en­ergy, leading fur­ther to in­sta­bil­ity.

The re­port was pro­duced by the In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change (IPCC), Work­ing Group II, a panel of prize-win­ning sci­en­tists drawn from 70 coun­tries.

Five Nige­ri­ans, Ibidun Adelekan, Emiloa Gbobaniyi, Chineke Theo Chi­diezie, Okoro Ugochukwu and Dike Vic­tor served as Con­tribut­ing Au­thors for the re­port re­leased in Yoko­hama, Ja­pan.

The re­port finds that risk from a chang­ing cli­mate comes from vul­ner­a­bil­ity and ex­po­sure over­lap­ping with haz­ards that trig­ger cli­mate events.

“We live in an era of man­made cli­mate change,” said Vi­cente Bar­ros, Co-Chair of Work­ing Group II of the IPCC.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port; in­creas­ing mag­ni­tudes of warm­ing in­creases the like­li­hood of se­vere and per­va­sive im­pacts that may be sur­pris­ing or ir­re­versible.

“With high lev­els of warm­ing that re­sult from con­tin­ued growth in green­house gas emis­sions, risks will be chal­leng­ing to man­age, and even se­ri­ous, sus­tained in­vest­ments in adap­ta­tion will face lim­its,” said Chris Field, also Co-Chair of Work­ing Group II of the IPCC.

Ob­served im­pacts of cli­mate change have al­ready af­fected agri­cul­ture, hu­man health, and ecosys­tems on land and in the oceans, wa­ter sup­plies, and some people’s liveli­hoods, the re­port said.

PHOTO NAN

Mem­bers of the gov­ern­ing coun­cil of the Federal Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion Zaria, dur­ing their visit to Gover­nor Muk­tar Yero in Kaduna yes­ter­day.

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