Global Warming Report  Impacts on People and Nature

Leading scientists have just finished a global warming study describing in great detail its impact on civilization and the natural environment. The report confirms the strong evidence for human' cause, and projects the earth's temperature will rise by Results include these stats: 

*The earth's temperature will rise 1.4 5.8C over the next 100 years. 
*The extent of Arctic sea-ice has shrunk by about 10-15%
*Antarctic sea ice has retreated south by 2.8 degrees of latitude from the mid 1950s to the early 1970s. 
*Ice cover on lakes and rivers in the mid-to-high Northern latitudes now lasts for about two weeks less than it did 150 years ago. 
*Across Europe, the growing season in controlled mixed-species gardens lengthened by 10.8 days from 1959 to 1993
* In Europe and North America, migratory birds now arrive earlier in the spring and depart later in the autumn.
* Butterflies, beetles, dragonflies, and other insects are now found further north, where it was previously too cold for them to survive. 
*In the European Alps, some plant species have been migrating upwards by one to four metres each decade
*In large parts of Eastern Europe, European Russia, central Canada and California, peak stream flows have shifted from spring to winter, as more precipitation falls as rain rather than as snow. 
*In Asia, 67% of the glaciers in the Himalayan and Tianshan mountain ranges (which feed some major rivers) have retreated during the past decade.
*Small island states are likely to be among the countries most seriously affected by climate change


UNEP/WMO Press Release

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