By David Bosco
The World Bank has announced the release of the third in a series of major reports it has commissioned on the impact of climate change. The new iteration, authored by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, includes a foreword by Bank president Jim Yong Kim:
This last report in the Turn Down the Heat series comes at a critical moment. Earlier this year, the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit unleashed a new wave of optimism. But our reports make clear that time is of the essence. Governments will gather first in Lima and then Paris for critical negotiations on a new climate treaty. Inside and outside of the conference halls, global leaders will need to take difficult decisions that will require, in some instances, short term sacrifice but ultimately lead to long term gains for all.
The new report focuses, in particular, on the likely impact of climate change in the Middle East, Latin America, and Central Asia.