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The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) both published a new report this week on the impact of climate change on people and the planet.
While the World Meteorology Organization (WMOO) said that more than 1.5 billion people will need to be saved by 2050 if we are to avoid a 2 degree Celsius rise in temperatures by the end of the century, UNEP warned that “more than half” of the planet will need a “safe level” of emissions to stay below 2 degrees Celsius.
As a result, the new report warns that “climate change impacts can range from the short-term to the long-term”, but the biggest impacts are likely to be in the short term.
The new report, Climate Change: The Human Impact, also highlighted the urgent need for action to address climate change globally.
“Climate change will lead to an increase in poverty, insecurity and vulnerability for many people in the developing world and the worst impacts will occur among the poorest and most vulnerable, especially children, vulnerable women and vulnerable people with disabilities,” the report says.
According to UNEP, in the first half of the 21st century, nearly 40 million people will be displaced by climate change, while the number of vulnerable people and vulnerable vulnerable people of child, maternal and infant health is expected to rise from 11 million in 2050 to 18 million in 2100.
To meet this challenge, the WMO and UNEP have called for action on climate issues from the development stage, through to adaptation.
This is particularly critical because many developing countries have already begun to see an impact from the impacts of climate variability, such as droughts, flooding, heat waves, forest fires and extreme weather events.
The World Health Organisation has warned that climate change will cause the deaths of an additional 7.5 million people by 2050, and there are also predictions of a 3-4 percent increase in the number and frequency of infectious diseases.
These diseases are predicted to worsen with increasing global temperatures, according to the WHO.
As a consequence, the WHO has called for urgent measures to combat climate change in order to address the worsening disease burden.
In the wake of the WEO’s report, the UN’s climate commissioner, Christiana Figueres, said that the climate crisis “should not be allowed to continue to be ignored or brushed aside as some sort of short-run problem”.
“This is a global emergency that is the consequence of decades of irresponsible behavior, reckless investments and reckless economic decisions,” she said.
“We need to make a plan to tackle this crisis, and the first step to doing that is recognising the urgency of the crisis and taking bold action to make progress.”
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