100 million will die by 2030 if world fails to act on climate

Reuters reports: More than 100 million people will die and global economic growth will be cut by 3.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030 if the world fails to tackle climate change, a report commissioned by 20 governments said on Wednesday.

As global average temperatures rise due to greenhouse gas emissions, the effects on the planet, such as melting ice caps, extreme weather, drought and rising sea levels, will threaten populations and livelihoods, said the report conducted by humanitarian organisation DARA.

It calculated that five million deaths occur each year from air pollution, hunger and disease as a result of climate change and carbon-intensive economies, and that toll would likely rise to six million a year by 2030 if current patterns of fossil fuel use continue.

More than 90 percent of those deaths will occur in developing countries, said the report that calculated the human and economic impact of climate change on 184 countries in 2010 and 2030. It was commissioned by the Climate Vulnerable Forum, a partnership of 20 developing countries threatened by climate change.

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2 thoughts on “100 million will die by 2030 if world fails to act on climate

  1. Norman

    Surprised that they don’t predict more, considering the state of the world population today, as well as the politics too.

  2. pabelmont

    Thanks for printing this news. Global warming should be everyone’s reality-issue #1. And Money in politics should be everyone’s political-issue #1. As I commented HERE,

    Political-issue #1 is money in politics. Until Americans (and others) can substantially get money out of politics, our nation(s) will be run to serve the VERY SHORT TERM interests of wealthy corporations (such as BIG-OIL, BIG-COAL, which promote use of fossil fuels and thus promote global warming).

    In the USA, I suggest a constitutional amendment to limit political spending so that human beings alone may spend for political action, and each person should be limited to an annual cumulative maximum (say $1000, or $5000) of political spending. The big money of corporations (and their very wealthy CEOs and owners) will be effectively removed from the political picture, because the corporations will not be allowed to spend for lobbying and campaigning and Citizens-United-spending, and their (not very numerous) CEOs and owners, as individuals, will have no greater rights to spend than anyone else.

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