UN Expert: Apathy on Climate Risks Turmoil, Hunger

Top U.N. scientist says Delaying the fight against global warming will bequeath an even tougher battle to future generations and risks chaotic and devastating climate change longer-term.

Published: 22-Nov-2000

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Delaying the fight against global warming will bequeath an even tougher battle to future generations and risks chaotic and devastating climate change longer-term, a top U.N. scientist said on Wednesday.

Robert Watson, chairman of the United Nations' scientific advisory group on climate change, added in an interview that a do-nothing attitude by today's decision-makers might leave poor regions of the world increasingly exposed to the risk of hunger.

"The higher emissions levels go today, the farther they have to come down and the harder it is to make them come down," said the U.S. scientist, chairman of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Senior Scientist at the World Bank.

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