The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the final draft of its latest report that conflates the findings of its previous three reports with language that is “more stark,” reported the Associated Press.
Perhaps in an attempt to make world governments pay attention to the impending dangers of climate change, the IPCC harshly warns about the dangers it has presented in the past.
“Continued emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and long-lasting changes in all components of the climate system, increasing the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems,” said the report. “Currently observed impacts might already be considered dangerous.”
The 127-page report recaps the IPCC’s prediction that climate change will have devastating effects, not only on weather, but also on social stability on countries around the world. The IPCC predicts that climate change will cause dangerous, erratic weather, rising sea levels, and droughts.
In a report released by the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), outlining how climate change could be a national security threat, it was noted how droughts can affect social stability.
“The  insurrection in Mali where the Tuareg went north — drought caused that,” said retired Brigadier General Stephen Cheney, member of the CNA. “It dried up their crops, they had to move, and they had to make a living. They went to northern Mali, and that started the insurrection there.”
Food supplies would also be affected. Climate change would kill crops, creating lower supply which would increase prices, and the increased price of foodstuffs would perpetuate the world’s poverty.
This is why it’s important for the world’s government to take seriously the threat of climate change. The evidence has been presented many times over, yet, there are still many in power who have the opportunity to come up with solutions but are still ignoring the facts.
Josh is a writer and researcher with Ring of Fire. Follow him on Twitter @dnJdeli.