The failure of world leaders to agree targets to cut climate pollution at the Copenhagen summit will lead to a global catastrophe and threaten the lives of hundreds of millions, leading scientists are warning.
As the fraught negotiations in the Danish capital ended in chaos, acrimony and recriminations yesterday, experts agreed that there was now little hope of keeping the average rise in global temperatures below two degrees centigrade.
They predicted instead that temperatures would increase by three degrees or more, bringing widespread flooding, major droughts and mass migrations, along with serious food and water shortages.
“It really couldn’t be any more serious,” said James Curran, the director of science at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and one of the Scottish government’s top climate advisors.
“It’s staggeringly frightening and deeply disappointing that Copenhagen has failed. This is extremely dangerous for Scotland and the world.”