4 April 2014


No one on the planet will be untouched by the damaging effects of global warming in coming decades, said Dr Rajendra Pachauri the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) after the release of the world’s most comprehensive climate change study to date.

The study was compiled by more than 300 authors from 70 different countries with contributions from thousands of global experts.

Violent conflicts, food shortages and infrastructure damage were also forecast to become more prevalent over coming decades, while a growing number of animals and marine species will face increased risk of extinction. Noting that the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans, the report states that the world is largely ill-prepared for risks from a changing climate. The report also concludes that there are opportunities to respond to such risks, though the risks will be difficult to manage with high levels of warming.

The release of the IPCC report coincided with a visit to the national capital, Canberra, by faith leaders across a range of religious traditions to speak with one voice about the nation's approach to climate change. The leaders noted that the IPCC report outlined the deepening environmental crisis in painstaking detail and they called for a rejection of an attitude that seeks maximum individual or national advantage, and a willingness to contribute to a common good which is accessible to and benefits all.

They further noted that the overwhelming body of scientific opinion confirms that exploitative human behaviour is now not only threatening life options for future generations, but is already causing sufficient change as to threaten the ecological diversity upon which life depends and increasing the poverty cycle for those least advantaged in the global family.

Th consequences for failing to address climate change in Australia are dire.

To add your voice to those demanding action visit the Get-Up website (for Australian readers) or the Climate Reality Project website

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