Report: World faces droughts, floods, starvation

first_imgThe draft document by the authoritative Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change focuses on global warming’s effects and is the second in a series of four being issued this year. Written and reviewed by more than 1,000 scientists from dozens of countries, it still must be edited by government officials. But some scientists said the overall message is not likely to change when it’s issued in early April in Brussels, the same city where European Union leaders agreed this past week to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Their plan will be presented to President George W. Bush and other world leaders at a summit in June. The report offers some hope if nations slow and then reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, but it notes that what’s happening now isn’t encouraging. “Changes in climate are now affecting physical and biological systems on every continent,” the report says, in marked contrast to a 2001 report by the same international group that said the effects of global warming were coming. But that report only mentioned scattered regional effects. “Things are happening and happening faster than we expected,” said Patricia Romero Lankao of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., one of the many co-authors of the new report. WASHINGTON – The harmful effects of global warming on daily life are already showing up, and within a couple of decades hundreds of millions of people won’t have enough water, top scientists will say next month at a meeting in Belgium. At the same time, tens of millions of others will be flooded out of their homes each year as the Earth reels from rising temperatures and sea levels, according to portions of a draft of an international scientific report obtained by The Associated Press. Tropical diseases like malaria will spread. By 2050, polar bears will mostly be found in zoos, their habitats gone. Pests like fire ants will thrive. For a time, food will be plentiful because of the longer growing season in northern regions. But by 2080, hundreds of millions of people could face starvation, according to the report. The draft document says scientists are highly confident that many current problems – change in species’ habits and habitats, more acidified oceans, loss of wetlands, bleaching of coral reefs and increases in allergy-inducing pollen – can be blamed on global warming. For example, the report says North America “has already experienced substantial ecosystem, social and cultural disruption from recent climate extremes,” such as hurricanes and wildfires. But the present is nothing compared to the future. “Global warming soon will “affect everyone’s life … It’s the poor sectors that will be most affected,” Romero Lankao said. And co-author Terry Root of Stanford University said: “We truly are standing at the edge of mass extinction” of species. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Spanish cable operator Ono has upgraded its Ono TV

first_imgSpanish cable operator Ono has upgraded its Ono TV Online service, adding iPhone support and a larger collection of movie rental titles.  The service, which already gives Ono customers access to some 40 TV channels, will also now include more than 1,700 film rentals, including new releases like Captain America: Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Power of Electro.Meanwhile, the iPhone support broadens the service’s availability. Ono TV Online was previously already available on PC, Mac, iPad and Android tablets.last_img read more

Amazon has revealed its first range of Fire TVs wh

first_imgAmazon has revealed its first range of Fire TVs which support Dolby Vision.The sets are Toshiba-branded, with a 55-inch model on sale immediately for US$449.99 (€401.66). Amazon said that 43- and 50-inch models will be available on June 30 for US$329.99 (€294.55) and US$379.99 (€339.18) respectively.The TVs mark a major step for the Dolby Vision standard, which has primarily been reserved for more expensive smart TVs.The sets will launch for sale in the US on Amazon and Best Buy, with no international plans yet announced.Amazon’s Fire TV Edition smart TVs – of which there are more than 20 on the market – launched in June 2018 and serve as competition to the Roku TVs on offer from the likes of TCL. Amazon recently announced that there are over 34 million active Fire TV users. This statistic covers Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick 4K, and Fire TV Cube, along with Fire TVs.last_img read more