Up in Smoke

Up In Smoke is a report prepared in London by leading development and environmental organizations and supported by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. From destruction in the Caribbean by hurricanes Jeanne and Ivan to the worst flooding in recent years in Bangladesh, global warming induced weather events threatens to reverse human progress and make international targets on halving world poverty by 2015 unattainable. The fear is that, in a world in which global warming is already happening, such severe weather events are likely to be more frequent and extreme. The report calls on the international community to take urgent action to introduce: – A global risk assessment of the likely costs of adaptation to climate change in poor countries. – Cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases by industrialised countries in the order of 60%-80% (relative to 1990 levels) by the middle of this century – far beyond the targets of the Kyoto Protocol.
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