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Curt
March 11th 07, 06:59 PM
The report included these likely results of global warming:

Hundreds of millions of Africans and tens of millions of Latin
Americans who now have water will be short of it in less than 20
years. By 2050, more than 1 billion people in Asia could face water
shortages. By 2080, water shortages could threaten 1.1 billion to 3.2
billion people, depending on the level of greenhouse gases that cars
and industry spew into the air.

Death rates for the world's poor from global warming-related
illnesses, such as malnutrition and diarrhea, will rise by 2030.
Malaria and dengue fever, as well as illnesses from eating
contaminated shellfish, are likely to grow.

Europe's small glaciers will disappear with many of the continent's
large glaciers shrinking dramatically by 2050. And half of Europe's
plant species could be vulnerable, endangered or extinct by 2100.

By 2080, between 200 million and 600 million people could be hungry
because of global warming's effects.

About 100 million people each year could be flooded by 2080 by rising
seas.

Smog in U.S. cities will worsen and "ozone-related deaths from climate
(will) increase by approximately 4.5 percent for the mid-2050s,
compared with 1990s levels," turning a small health risk into a
substantial one.

Polar bears in the wild and other animals will be pushed to
extinction.

At first, more food will be grown. For example, soybean and rice
yields in Latin America will increase starting in a couple of years.
Areas outside the tropics, especially the northern latitudes, will see
longer growing seasons and healthier forests.

Looking at different impacts on ecosystems, industry and regions, the
report sees the most positive benefits in forestry and some improved
agriculture and transportation in polar regions. The biggest damage is
likely to come in ocean and coastal ecosystems, water resources and
coastal settlements.

The hardest-hit continents are likely to be Africa and Asia, with
major harm also coming to small islands and some aspects of ecosystems
near the poles. North America, Europe and Australia are predicted to
suffer the fewest of the harmful effects.

"In most parts of the world and most segments of populations,
lifestyles are likely to change as a result of climate change," the
draft report said. "Net valuations of benefits vs. costs will vary,
but they are more likely to be negative if climate change is
substantial and rapid, rather than if it is moderate and gradual."

This report - considered by some scientists the "emotional heart" of
climate change research - focuses on how global warming alters the
planet and life here, as opposed to the more science-focused report by
the same group last month.

"This is the story. This is the whole play. This is how it's going to
affect people. The science is one thing. This is how it affects me,
you and the person next door," said University of Victoria climate
scientist Andrew Weaver.

Many - not all - of those effects can be prevented, the report says,
if within a generation the world slows down its emissions of carbon
dioxide and if the level of greenhouse gases sticking around in the
atmosphere stabilizes. If that's the case, the report says "most major
impacts on human welfare would be avoided; but some major impacts on
ecosystems are likely to occur."

The United Nations-organized network of 2,000 scientists was
established in 1988 to give regular assessments of the Earth's
environment. The document issued last month in Paris concluded that
scientists are 90 percent certain that people are the cause of global
warming and that warming will continue for centuries. /copy and paste
from, hey, who cares? No one's listening anyway.

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Curt