Summary of Turn Down the Heat

Confronting the New Climate Normal

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Temperature increases worldwide are a crisis in the making.


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Compiling and comparing historic climate data on a global level is a huge task, but this extensive World Bank report on climate change – filled with narratives, charts, graphs and tables from expert contributors worldwide – does an admirable job of organizing massive amounts of information. This technical analysis presents various scenarios of how temperature increases – and their impact on resources, land, oceans and populations – could affect three specific regions of the globe: Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, and Europe and Central Asia. The study also objectively states that the scientific community must conduct more research to do a better job of quantifying its long-range forecasts. Nonetheless, despite naysayers, this report states that climate change is a scientific reality and an impending crisis. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends this timely, sobering study to those looking for solid, reliable information on climate change.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What impact unaddressed climate change would have on the planet,
  • How increasing temperatures will affect specific regions, and
  • What the cost of mitigating climate change is today and will be in the future.


The Heat Is On
Temperatures worldwide are rising. Studies indicate that today’s temperatures, already 0.8ºC [1.4ºF] above preindustrial levels, are on course to be 1.5ºC higher than those levels by the middle of this century. Historic temperature records “show that the 20-year average ...
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