11:40:55 am on April 11, 2007 |
Bangkok — Warming temperatures could result in food shortages for 130 million people across Asia by 2050 and cause potentially catastrophic problems in Africa by wiping out one of the continent’s staple crops altogether, according to a UN report released Tuesday.
Climate change also threatens the ecologically rich Great Barrier Reef and sub-Antarctic islands, and could melt the snow on Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
A summary of the full, 1,572-page document written and reviewed by 441 scientists was released Friday. The latest document, the second of four reports including the summary, tries to explain how global warming is changing life around the world, region by region.
Further details were disclosed Tuesday in regional news conferences.Advertisements