Sunday, July 19, 2015

Climate Threat as Grave a Risk as Nuclear War

An international scientific report commissioned by the UK government says the risks of climate change are comparable to those posed by nuclear conflict.

Extreme water stress and competition for productive land could lead to conflict. (Image Credit: UK Department for International Development/DFID via Wikimedia Commons) Click to Enlarge.
Scientists from the UK, US, India, and China say in a report commissioned by the UK that deciding what to do about climate change depends on the value we put on human life, both now and in years to come.

One of the lead authors of the report is Sir David King, formerly the UK government’s chief scientist, who last month co-authored a report on the scale of investment that should be made to move from fossil fuels to renewable energy by 2025. 

In a foreword to the latest report, Baroness Anelay, a minister at the British foreign office, writes that assessing the risks surrounding nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation means understanding inter-dependent elements − including what science says is possible, what other countries may intend, and systemic factors such as regional power dynamics.

“The risk of climate change demands a similarly holistic assessment,” she says.

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