World Bank Chief Warns of Impact of Climate Change

Created: 2013-06-21 11:03 EST

Category: World > Europe

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said on Wednesday (June 19) it was encouraging that major powers such as the United States were taking positive steps against climate change.

[Jim Yong Kim, World Bank President]:
"What we're saying is that the climate change scientists have predicted that extreme weather events are going to increase in number, and so, you know, we're having, I can't, I've lost count of the number of, you know, once-in-a-lifetime events that have happened in the last two or three years."

Kim says the cost of ignoring signs of global warming and rising sea levels may be disastrous for future generations.

[Jim Yong Kim, World Bank President]:
"It's a kind of collective solidarity that we have to exercise on behalf of our children, but it's not just on behalf of our children. Let me just give you an example. By 20, by either 2030 or 2040, if we get to two degrees Celsius, Bangkok could be underwater."

The World Bank says the globe has warmed by thirty-three-point-four-degrees-Fahrenheit (0.8’C) since the Industrial Revolution and thirty-five-point-six-Fahrenheit (2’C) is considered a threshold to dangerous changes.

The rate of warming since the turn of this century, meanwhile, has slowed more than many scientists had expected after strong rises in the 1980s and ‘90s.

Attempts to agree on a plan of action to combat climate change failed at a U.N. conference in Copenhagen in 2009, primarily because of concerns over the economic impact.