Failing to act on climate change will “cause great suffering,” doctors warn

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 01 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2512
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

The world is largely ill prepared for the future risks of a changing climate that will affect everyone on the planet, according to a major scientific review.

A report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said that climate change was already having a “substantial” and “wide-ranging” effect on all continents and across all oceans.1 But the report warned that continuing global warming would pose a bigger risk of floods, food shortages, threats to human health, people’s livelihoods, and security unless carbon emissions were reduced.

“Increasing magnitudes of warming increase the likelihood of severe and pervasive impacts that may be surprising or irreversible,” it said.

The UN panel’s working group II report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability …

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