World Bank reports warns of 'cataclysmic changes' due to global warming

A World Bank study forecasts a 4-degree Celsius rise in global temperatures as a result of greenhouse gases.

A World Bank study forecasts a 4-degree Celsius rise in global temperatures as a result of greenhouse gases.

Greenhouse gases threaten to raise global temperatures by as much as 4 degrees Celsius this century, leading to “cataclysmic changes,” a World Bank report is warning.

The study doubles the United Nations' estimate of a 2-degree increase in the Earth’s temperature by 2100, raising concerns over the prospects of extreme heat waves, depleted food stocks and rising sea levels.

“A 4-degree Celsius (warmer) world is so different from the current one that it comes with high uncertainty and new risks that threaten our ability to anticipate and plan for future adaptation needs,” World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said in the report, according to a report by Bloomberg.

Kim has made climate change a point of emphasis at the World Bank since taking the reins in July. World leaders will meet in Qatar next week to discuss initiatives because current pledges to reduce greenhouse gases are unlikely to curb climate change, the study concludes.

The report comes as environmental groups and lawmakers grapple over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and President Obama weighs approval.

From Business First Columbus.

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