UP IN SMOKE? THREATS FROM, AND RESPONSES TO, THE IMPACT OF GLOBAL WARMING ON HUMAN DEVELOPMENT SIMMS ANDREW, MAGRATH JOHN, REID HANNAH, 2004-10

This briefing paper has been developed and coordinated by the International Institute for Environmental Development and New Economics Forum, with involvement and some contribution from 20 major environmental and development groups in the UK (including WWF) as part of a unique working group on these issues. This group will work toward a collective understanding of the threat, share the best of their knowledge, and do everything in their power to stop a dangerous climate change.


Global warming is already happening. The impact of global warming is being felt most by the world’s poorest people, as many of our case studies make clear. Food production, water supplies, public health, and people’s livelihoods are all being damaged and undermined. Global warming threatens to reverse human progress, making the MDGs for poverty reduction unachievable. Rich countries have an obligation to take a lead in climate change mitigation and adaptation, and to bear an equitable burden of the associated costs. 

This report represents an unprecedented coming together of leading environmental and development organisations with decades of experience working with poor communities across the world. The group fear that global warming could threaten attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and even reverse human development achievements. This report is an expression of the groups common concern and a call for urgent action from governments. Suggestions on what urgent priorities should include are made, such as a global risk assessment, commensurate new funds and other resources, arrangements, models, awareness campaigns, and co-ordinated plans in different levels.
 

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