POSTED February 15, 2022
Effects of climate change a concern around the world
World panel looking at ways people are impacted and how to create change
The ongoing effect of climate change — which feeds into our work — is the focus of the United Nations’ virtual Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Scheduled to run until Feb. 25, the head of the UN weather agency opened the panel by reporting the impacts of climate change are already “very visible” and “happening worldwide.”
“Climate change impacts are related to economy, food security, infrastructure, the biosphere and health,” said Petteri Taalas, secretary-general, World Meteorological Organization (WMO). “We have to adapt to climate change. That means droughts, flooding, tropical storms, heatwaves, water shortages, coastal inundation.”
Of note, the WMO chief pointed out areas of the world at higher risk, such as tropical latitudes and developing countries, especially in Africa, Southern Asia and the Pacific islands. Last year a WMO report on disaster statistics showed 4.5-billion people experienced a major weather-related disaster in the past 20 years.
A positive in this comes from a drop in casualties, thanks to improved early warning services, but dramatic increases in economic losses have occurred.
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