The first comprehensive study focused on adverse effects of climate change on human society has revealed that:
- Hundreds of millions suffer the consequences of climate change impacts NOW – their lives lost or livelihoods undermined or destroyed
- 4 billion (60% of the world’s population!) are vulnerable
- 'Developing' countries bear 90% of the burden, but are least responsible for the causes
- 99% of deaths linked to climate change occur in 'developing' countries
- Current adaptation efforts woefully inadequate, NEED TO BE SCALED UP 100 X
- The findings are very conservative, true human impact will be FAR MORE SEVERE
As a result of our collective indifference and inaction...
The accelerating, rich nation-induced impacts of climate breakdown are NOW the greatest threat to global human rights and livelihood in the history of humankind.
Yet leading experts warn that current climate negotiations are on course to implement EVEN LESS than the minimum recommendations of the dangerously outdated, 2007 IPPC report and that EMERGENCY ACTION on a scale many times greater must be taken FAST.
- Report -- Human Impact Report: The Anatomy of a Silent Crisis (PDF), May 29, 2009
- Op-ed -- This Silent Suffering, The Guardian, Op-ed, Rajendra Pachauri, May 29, 2009
- Article -- Global Warming Causes 300,000 Deaths a Year, John Vidal, The Guardian