The UN Report on Climate Change released on Sunday, March 31, 2014, highlights the threats this increasing phenomenon poses for humankind and life on earth in general.
The poor and developing countries, and the African continent in particular, will be the most affected by the impacts of climate change – warming oceans, rising sea-levels, shortages of freshwater, rising global temperatures, etc.
A decline in crop yields (maize, wheat and rice) is one of the major consequences of climate change that will have a major impact on food security all over the world and lead to more conflicts and greater global insecurity. It is predicted that crop yields will decline by 2% around 2030 whilst global demand for food is expected to increase by 2%. Fish stocks will also decline with a devastating impact on those who depend on fishing for their livelihood and as a food source.
Rajendra Pachauri, the chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which produced the report, said, in response to the challenges and consequences of climate change;
“If the world doesn't do anything ... the very social
stability of human system could be at stake..”
Despite this report and previous studies, humankind continues to increase the usage of fossil fuels and not doing much to curb carbon emissions. To discuss these developments and their implications, we are joined in the studio by :
GUESTS and HOST
- Tyrene Wright, a New York based scholar, human rights activist and founder of African Women for Africa
- Serusha Govender, a New York based South African award winning journalist
- Raymond Bayor, a Ghanaian studying Journalism at the Columbia School of Journalism
- Tseliso Thipanyane: Host