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Dire News About Global Warming

A new report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has predicted the fate of global climate in the coming years and has urged countries to act decisively. The report, which was issued in Brussels, said that current measures are insufficient and that countries need to enact larger-scale plans to combat global climate change.

As reported in the New York Times, the report was most dire in its predictions for Europe. Breaking the continent down into regions, the report said that Southern Europe will experience more extreme heat waves, Northern Europe could have greater winter floods, while Central and Eastern Europe will see a drastic decrease in rainfall. Although no true timetable was laid out for these predictions, the Science Daily reported that global temperature will rise by three degrees this century.

This temperature change will have a large negative impact on biodiversity and the ecosystem. Spring will start earlier, meaning tha, among other things,t some animals will alter their egg-laying patterns and water run-off will occur earlier.

Ultimately, the effects of global warming could harm the health and nutrition of millions of people worldwide. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been a driving force behind proactive measures, saying that current measures fall short.

"Adequate, large-scale adaptation measures have the potential to alleviate some of the worst consequences outlined in the report, if Governments take action without delay," Mr. Ban said.