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Charities say Scotland must play its part to avoid climate chaos

Categories: Articles:Environment | Published: 31/03/2014 | Views: 1640
Charities in Scotland say a new UN report on the impacts of climate change underlines the urgent need and moral responsibility for Scotland to meet its greenhouse gas emissions targets. On Monday 31 March scientists from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change outlined a stark assessment of the impact global warming will have on the planet and on humans, especially those already living in poverty.

 Among its findings, the IPCC said: • people living on coastlines around the world will be affected by flooding, erosion and land loss and displaced due to land loss

• crop yields for maize, rice and wheat are all hit in the period up to 2050, with around a tenth of projections showing losses over 25%

• there will be increased extinction risk for species on land and in freshwater

• there will be increased extinction risk for marine species in the tropics and enclosed seas

• there will be risk of severe harm for some large urban populations due to inland flooding

However, the scientists also found that cutting greenhouse gas emissions over the next few decades can substantially reduce climate change risks in the second half of the 21st century. Members of the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition say that shows the importance of Scotland doing its share to cut greenhouse gases and create a new low-carbon economy. Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, said: “This report should be a wake up call for all of us. We need to take urgent action to tackle climate change now. Scotland must play its part. That can make for a better world where we protect millions from misery and chaos, and a better Scotland, where we have warmer homes, healthier transport options, and cleaner air.” Read Full SCCS press release here

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