7. World Bank about Climate Change
The third report in the Turn Down the Heat
series was published last week. The report, commissioned by the World Bank Group from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics, finds that warming of about 1.5Â°C above pre-industrial times is already locked into the Earthâ€™s atmospheric system by past and predicted greenhouse gas emissions. This means more severe droughts, sea level rise, and an increasing risk to food and water security, coastal communities, and livelihoods.
Without concerted action, the planet will continue to warm and extreme weather events that today occur once in hundreds of years could become the new climate normal, causing increased risks and instability.
Melting permafrost and forest dieback risk to accelerate the process, leading to increasingly severe consequences for humans: extreme heat becomes more frequent, water resources become less reliable, diseases move into new ranges, and sea levels rise.
Report: Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal
Executive Summary in English