Goodbye cool world… extinction is in store for nearly a third of all plant and animal life, if temperatures rise more than some two degrees by the end of this century, according to a special report by a UN-sponsored panel of scientists.
Achim Steiner, Under-Secretary-General at the UN, said: “This report provides us with a very specific examples of how climate change is impacting – not only the natural systems in which we live – but also what costs this has for our economies, our societies and indeed for every household and the capacity to live on our planet, and to produce the basic commodities and goods that we need to survive.”
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change findings unveiled in Brussels will be the subject of policy discussions at this June’s summit of the Group of Eight industrialised nations. Two and a half thousand scientists contributed to the report. One tabled in February said mankind was more than 90% probably responsible for most global warming since 1950.
EU leaders set a binding target last month for renewable sources to make up 20 percent of EU energy consumption by 2020 and agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by the same amount in the same period. In addition to its six-month EU presidency, Germany is G8 president for this year, and hopes to influence others’ climate change commitments.