June 17, 2024
KCNA Pyongyang Times

Global warming a menace to humankind

Date: 24/04/2024 | Source: Pyongyang Times | Read original version at source

Now, extreme weather conditions caused by global warming have unprecedentedly frequented the world, followed by continuous catastrophic consequences.

The number of disasters caused by extreme climate in the world has increased five times as much as those 50 years ago, with the loss amounting to seven-fold.

Recently, casualties were caused, many dwelling houses, public buildings, schools and bridges were destroyed and traffic was paralyzed by heavy rain in Indonesia.

In Bolivia, 50 people were killed and five others went missing by flash flood and landslide caused by heavy rain across the country in the past several months.

On the other hand, the Philippines is suffering from prolonged drought.

In Zimbabwe 2.7 million people suffered food shortage till mid-February due to drought. In Afghanistan underground water resources have decreased and nearly half of its population were not supplied with drinking water.

Meanwhile, unprecedented biting cold and heavy snow have swept many countries and regions.

It was terribly cold and snowed heavily in European countries from the beginning of the year, causing confusion.

Meteorologists expressed serious concern over the accelerating global warming which causes not only record-breaking heat wave, drought and flood, but also extreme cold and other disastrous weather phenomena.

As last year saw a record increase in greenhouse gas emissions and temperature rise on the ground and sea, the World Meteorological Organization has recently issued a red alert. Saying that 2024 is highly likely to be hotter than ever, it warned that it becomes more difficult to attain the climate-related goal to limit the extent of global temperature rise to less than 1.5℃ from the level before the industrial revolution.

Scientists argued that if global warming continues, the incidence of extreme high temperature, which occurred about every 50 years before the industrial revolution, would increase 8.6 times and its intensity would grow stronger, with the result that many people will suffer from extreme heat.

And they predicted that if the global temperature rises by 2℃, hundreds of millions of people would suffer from water shortage and millions of people would die of climate-related diseases.

Some are of the opinion that by 2050 the average grain production will fall by 10% across the world and by 50% in some regions.

“In the coming 30 years, 4 billion people will live in the arid areas and 50 to 700 million people will have to leave their native places, fostering social instability,” said a researcher.

The ever-worsening global warming demand all countries and regions of the world take more active measures in all aspects including social life, economic activity and environmental protection.

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