The United Nations on Thursday said it would be hosting a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented scale in 2019 if the world fails to halt the spread of the coronavirus, citing rising sea levels, the impact of climate change and water scarcity.
The global community must “strive for a climate-resilient global economy, and take action now to mitigate the risks posed by climate change, the United Nations said in a report released in Geneva.”
If we don’t act now, the world is at risk of becoming a new Everest, said the report, authored by scientists from the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy.
The threat of flooding is already real.
More than 2 million people have died in floods and droughts in parts of the world this year.
Flooding, particularly during extreme weather, can leave tens of millions homeless and vulnerable to extreme weather and disease.
The UN report said that, under current conditions, the global average temperature could rise by more than 2 degrees Celsius by the end of this century, or more than three degrees by 2100.
If we continue to ignore the urgent needs of the people and communities of the developing world, the threat of climate-related disasters will only get worse.
“There is a danger of becoming another Everest, which is already happening,” said Yossi Gavrilovich, the UN’s special rapporteur on the right to food, in a statement.
“The challenge is to find solutions that are both safe and sustainable.”
The report, which will be released this week, is an update of the UNs 2015 Climate Change and Food Security report, a report co-authored by former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, the report’s author and senior climate negotiator Miguel Arias Cañete.
The 2015 report called for developing countries to reduce their carbon emissions and increase their food production and consumption.
The 2016 report said developing countries should take more steps to cut greenhouse gas emissions and feed more people.
The report called on developing countries and the world’s rich countries to put the climate crisis in a wider perspective.
The report called the situation in Africa and the Middle East the most urgent issue facing the world today, and urged rich countries and developing countries “to adopt a more integrated approach to addressing the challenges of climate risk, and to use climate-sensitive policies to reduce emissions and emissions intensity.”
The 2015 and 2016 reports warned of climate disasters in the developing countries.
They also pointed to rising sea level as a threat to poor countries in Africa, Asia and South America.
The new report says that, if the current trajectory continues, the planet could be flooded by 2100, and the consequences could be devastating.