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Climate divide

The latest report from the IPCC warns that global rainfall is shifting from the equator (WRENmedia)
The latest report from the IPCC warns that global rainfall is shifting from the equator
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The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that global rainfall is shifting from the equator towards the poles, and that produce from rain-fed agriculture could halve by 2020 as a result. The lead author of the report, Saleemul Huq, said that funds allocated to allow poor countries to adapt will not allow them to do so adequately, highlighting the likely divide between rich and poor nations in tackling the effects of climate change. The report notes that while developed countries are investing in technologies such as flood barriers in their own countries, they are not spending enough in developing countries where the impacts of climate change will be more severe. Some scientists have argued that equipping African meteorology departments with advanced technology is the only way to reduce effects such as widespread flooding. The third report by the IPCC is due to be launched on 4th May, in Bangkok. It will provide mitigation options in the short and medium term, such as waste management and carbon sequestration, to prevent and limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Date published: May 2007

 

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