World Bank warns of extreme climate change

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A new report suggests that time may be running out to temper the rising risks of climate change.

"Turn Down the Heat," prepared by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics for the World Bank, says the world is barreling down a path to heat up by 4 degrees at the end of the century, if the global community fails to act on climate change.

The report warns that a 4-degree-warmer world would be marked by extreme heat-waves, declining global food stocks, loss of ecosystems and biodiversity and life-threatening sea level rise.

Jim Yong Kim is President of the World Bank Group.

"The worst impacts are going to happen in the poorest countries to the poorest people. You know I have a three-year-old son and when he's my age, he could be living in a completely different world, one in which we don't have enough food to feed our population, one in which cities are inundated with water and the window is narrow. We've got to take action now."

Mr. Kim says action can and must be taken now to reverse this trend.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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