UN Warns of 'Abrupt' Warming
Earth at 'tipping point' of irreversible catastrophe: UN chief Ban Ki-Moon
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2007 6:18 AM CST
Indonesian environmental activists roll a giant globe on the street during a demonstration calling for the government to take immediate action to reduce carbon emission at the main business district in...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The last and most forceful of a series of UN reports on climate change unveiled today urges swift action to avoid "abrupt and irreversible" damage to the environment. Melting glaciers will cause a rapid rise in sea levels, wiping out vulnerable species and destroying water and food supplies for many of the world's poorest people, warns the report by the Nobel prize-winning UN climate change panel, the BBC reports.

In releasing the report, in Valencia, Spain, where the scientists have been meeting, Ban Ki-Moon said it set the stage for concrete action to avert catastrophe and urged cooperation at next month's climate change conference in Bali. "I come to you humbled after seeing some of the most precious treasures of our planet threatened by humanity's own hand," said the UN chief, who has been on a fact-finding trip to Antarctica and South America.