The world is heading for an unparalleled climate catastrophe unless rich and poor nations agree drastic cuts in pollution over the next few months, according to a frightening new analysis by leading international experts.
All the current promises to cut greenhouse gas emissions will still see global temperatures rise by an average of four degrees centigrade by the end of the century, they say. This is hot enough to make most of the world uninhabitable, killing or making refugees of billions of people in Asia, Africa and America.
Even if Scotland, Europe and the US succeed in cutting their emissions by 80%, new coal and oil plants planned by China, India and other Asian countries will still double global carbon dioxide emissions to 16 billion tonnes by 2100, This would push carbon concentrations in the atmosphere well above the danger level.
The resulting floods, droughts, storms and mega-disasters would trigger mass starvation, mass migrations and resource wars, experts say. That’s why it is vital, they argue, that the rich nations now help fund developing countries to avoid repeating the mistakes of the industrial revolution.