AS IF we hadn’t already had enough clues from our ever more ridiculous weather, climate change has become a greater threat than ever, as the UN has warned. The world will experience more severe flooding, dangerous heatwaves and violent conflicts over water and food, unless carbon emissions are rapidly cut, it said.
Rising temperatures have already started to raise the frequency of flooding and other extreme weather, but this is only just the start, the IPCC report says.
For years, meanwhile, conservationists have been fighting to raise awareness of extinction and loss of habitat, affecting species from farmland birds to the exotic South China Tiger and Javan rhino. In all, 16 species are on the WWF “critically endangered” list, with dozens more categorised as “endangered” and “vulnerable” – an appalling and shameful legacy of human activity. Continue reading