By ARTHUR MAX, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 7 minutes ago
BRUSSELS, Belgium – The world faces increased hunger and water shortages in the poorest countries. Also massive floods and avalanches in Asia. Finally and species extinction. For that’s unless nations adapt to climate change and halt its progress. All according to a report approved Friday by an international conference on global warming.
In the conference on global warming there was agreement that came. That’s after an all-night session during which key sections were deleted from the draft and scientists angrily confronted government negotiators who they feared were watering down their findings.
“It has been a complex exercise,” said Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Several scientists objected to the editing of the final draft by government negotiators. However and in the end, they agreed to compromises. However, some scientists vowed never to take part in the process again.
Five days of negotiations reached a climax when the delegates removed parts of a key chart highlighting devastating effects. All of climate change that kick in with every rise of 1.8 degrees. Also a tussle over the level of scientific reliability attached to key statements.
There was little doubt about the science, which was based on 29,000 sets of data, much of it collected in the last five years. “For the first time we are not just arm-waving with models,” Martin Perry, who conducted the grueling negotiations, told reporters.
The United States, China and Saudi Arabia raised many of the objections to the phrasing, often seeking to tone down the certainty of some of the more dire projections.