Global warming to devastate Europe first
New Scientist: Europe is warming more quickly than the rest of the world with potentially devastating consequences, including more frequent heatwaves, flooding, rising sea levels and melting glaciers, says the European Environment Agency (EEA) document, launched on Wednesday.
What the report shows is that, if we go on as we are, we have less than 50 years before we encounter conditions which will be uncharted and potentially hazardous.
Freak weather conditions, such as the floods of 2001 that killed about 80 people, and the heatwave of 2003 that led to more than 20,000 deaths, are set to become more frequent and severe, the report states.
So far 123 countries, including all the EU member states, have ratified the 1997 Kyoto Protocol to reduce their emissions of six greenhouse gases by 5 per cent by 2012. But the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases - the US - has refused to sign. (emphasis is mine)
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