This paper synthesizes the numerous voices in the field of climate change, and gives a detailed but clear look at the state of global ecosystem, the drivers of climate change, and the possible consquences of global warming.
The clouds caused by pollution has intensified solar heat by 50% near the surface of the Asian continent. This accounts for the melting of Himalayan glaciers, which feeds into the major river systems. If this continues, there could be dire consequences for the future.
The area covered by sea ice in the Arctic has shrunk to its lowest level this week since satellite measurements began nearly 30 years ago, opening up the Northwest Passage – a long-sought short cut between Europe and Asia that has been historically impassable.
More than 150 companies including Airbus, Coca-Cola and IKEA pledged on Friday to reduce the carbon burden of their operations in a voluntary pact urging governments to do more to confront climate change. Drugmakers Novartis and Pfizer, mining giants Anglo American and Rio Tinto, and the luxury goods specialist LVMH were among the 153 firms who committed themselves to greater energy efficiency.
In February of 2007 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report outlining the physical basis of rapid climate change. The report was highly technical, so the staff of WBP simply rewrote it in a more easily digestible format.
Report says sea levels may rise by several meters by 2100. A group of US scientists have warned that a UN panel on climate change underestimated the scale of sea-level increases this century resulting from global warming.