Time for a thread on
Forecasts re impacts of global warming
New forecast just released re Asia Pacific, including:
Millions of people in the Asia-Pacific region could be forced from their homes and suffer increasing disease, cyclones and floods caused by global warming, scientists warned today. Climate change will seriously threaten regional human security and national economies this century, according to a report by Australia's national research agency, the CSIRO. "Chronic food and water insecurity and epidemic disease may impede economic development in some nations," the report says. "Degraded landscapes and inundation of populated areas by rising seas may ultimately displace millions of individuals, forcing intra- and inter-state migration."
The report, commissioned by a coalition of environmental, aid, church and development groups, analyses predictions of temperature increases of up to 2°C by 2030 and up to 7°C by 2070. ...
Temperatures are likely to rise more quickly in the arid areas of northern Pakistan and India and western China, according to the report. But the region will also be affected by a rise in the global sea level of up to 16 cm by 2030 and by up to 50 cm in 2070, along with regional variables. Preston said two studies contained in the report estimate that a sea-level rise of a metre would displace between 75 million and 150 million people in the Asia-Pacific region. Most at risk are the low-lying river deltas of Bangladesh, India, Vietnam and China, as well as the small Pacific island states.