A U.N. panel of scientists issued a stark warning on Monday about the effects of global warming as they concluded a week-long meeting in Japan. (March 31)
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3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr. Chris Field, UN Climate Change Panel Co-Chair (Transcribed Below)
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5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, UN Climate Change Panel Chairman (Transcribed Below)
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A STARK WARNING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE FROM A UNITED NATIONS PANEL OF NOBEL PRIZE WINNING SCIENTISTS:
CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL, A NEW REPORT SAYS -- AND THE RISKS ARE GOING UP.
SOUNDBITE (English) of Dr. Chris Field, Co-Chair Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
"One of the important findings is that we are not in the era where climate change is some kind of a future hypothetical. We live in a world where impacts of climate changes that have already occurred are widespread and consequential."
THE PANEL'S REPORT WARNS THAT CLIMATE CHANGE WILL WORSEN EXISTING PROBLEMS -- LIKE POVERTY - SICKNESS - VIOLENCE -- AND REFUGEES.
IT SUGGESTS REDUCING CARBON POLLUTION -- AND ADAPTING TO CHANGING CLIMATES THROUGH DIFFERENT CONSTRUCTION, DESIGN AND PLANNING.
SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC):
"In view of these impacts and those that we have projected for future, nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change."
THE REPORT ALSO ECHOES AN EARLIER UN PANEL'S CONCERN THAT IF GREENHOUSE GASES CONTINUE TO RISE, THE WORLD IS LOOKING AT A RISE IN TEMPERATURE OF ABOUT 6 OR 7 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT BY 2100 INSTEAD OF LIMITING THE INCREASE TO NO MORE THAN 2 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT -- AN INTERNATIONAL GOAL.
AFTER A WEEK'S DISCUSSION - MORE THAN 100 GOVERNMENTS APPROVED THE PANEL'S SUMMARY.
NED BARKER/ASSOCIATED PRESS.