Nature 1, Humanity 0

Nelly - "It's gettin' hot in here"I’m sorry to report this, but humans have yet to win the war against nature.

As a species, it seemed possible that in my lifetime we would no longer would be at the mercy of yearly shifts in the availability of food and water. I guess I was wrong.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is working on a report that says climate change will create more scarcity of water and food over the next 70 years:

Rising temperatures will leave millions more people hungry by 2080 and cause critical water shortages in China and Australia, as well as parts of Europe and the United States, according to a new global climate report.

By the end of the century, climate change will bring water scarcity to between 1.1 and 3.2 billion people as temperatures rise by 2 to 3 Celsius (3.6 to 4.8 Fahrenheit), a leaked draft of an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report said.

The report, due for release in April but detailed in The Age newspaper, said an additional 200 million to 600 million people across the world would face food shortages in another 70 years, while coastal flooding would hit another 7 million homes.

“The message is that every region of the earth will have exposure,” Dr Graeme Pearman, who helped draft the report, told Reuters on Tuesday.

“If you look at China, like Australia they will lose significant rainfall in their agricultural areas,” said Pearman, the former climate director of Australia’s top science body, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. (Source: Reuters)

3 Comments

  1. Ed

    Seems as if Mother Nature is a bit upset. And lest we forget…

    Hell hath no furry like a woman scorned.

  2. Chris

    It’s always funny when people worry about us destroying the planet. We aren’t really in danger of destroying it, we are in danger of destroying ourselves.

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