Earths climate: not bad, and very bad

10.08.2004

10.08.2004


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The process of global warming are far more rapidly than scientists believed until recently. According to a report released by the International Council of the UN Climate Change (IPCC), by the end of this century, the average global temperature will rise by 5.8 degrees — nearly twice as much as anticipated even five years ago.

Even on the scale of that saying before, the consequences of such warming, according to scientists, could be disastrous both for the ecology of the planet, and humans. Thus, the experts say once again that the increase in temperature will lead to huge losses in the harvest, and in the poorest countries of the world food production could be reduced by a quarter.

However, in light of the published report, these assumptions may seem rosy: the data at the disposal of scientists now suggest that even the most dire predictions did not reflect the true extent of the problem. IPCC states unequivocally that global warming — it is a reality, and the reality is more real than previously thought.

But perhaps the most important position in the report is that part of it which contains a statement that the climate crisis has led to human activities, the main culprits are called pollution industry and gas emissions. All these statements clearly contradict those are valid, which pushed U.S. President George W. Bush by refusing to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. The White House has called into question the relationship between the rise in global temperature and the volume of industrial emissions into the atmosphere. According to Bush, it is unfair to expect the United States and other developed countries in respect of the industrialists that they will take almost all the responsibility for solving this problem. Now Washington will be more difficult to defend its position. IPCC report published ahead of the meeting of representatives of over 150 countries who will gather next week in Germany to save the Kyoto agreement.

Conference delegates will try to return to the mainstream of the protocol and Washington, without which the implementation of the document prdstavlyaetsya impractical: the United States emit more carbon dioxide than any other country in the world. However, as the chairman of the Bonn meeting, the agreement can no longer be put off. If this is done again, he said, the Kyoto Protocol will be no more than a dead piece of paper.


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