There are many ways to slice this news: who will gain and who will lose from environmental change? who will be best able to adapt to changing conditions? what kind of cooperation will be needed or possible to mitigate the impact of climate changes?
TROMSO, Norway, June 5, 2007 (ENS) – As the Earth warms, hundreds of millions of people worldwide will be affected by melting snow covers, ice and glaciers, according to a new United Nations report issued to mark World Environment Day, observed on June 5 each year.
The availability of water supplies for both drinking and agriculture will also be impacted, while rising sea levels will affect low-lying coastal areas and islands, said the report, “Global Outlook for Ice and Snow,” compiled by the UN Environment Programme, UNEP, and a group of about 70 world experts.
The report and another UNEP report on the negative impacts of the rising tide of tourists to newly fashionable polar destinations were launched in Tromso, Norway, where the main observances for this year’s World Environment Day will be held.
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