The president of the World Bank has recently issued a statement that emphasizes the need for urgent action on controlling global warming. The president, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, has stated that governments must move forward with speed if they wish to avoid global instability brought on by climate change. Dr. Kim has stated that the recent agreement between the United States and China to reduce their carbon emissions by 2020 is a significant start to helping this problem, but he does not believe it is enough. Dr. Kim stated that in a recent study conducted by the World Bank, there is “alarming evidence” that a simple rise in temperature of two degrees could have catastrophic effects on the entire world.
Dr. Kim has stated that prior to 1990 it has been hard to directly connect weather events with global warming due to the lack of data. However, since then, with the availability of technology, a direct connection between global warming and these weather events can be connected. Additionally, Dr. Kim has stated that the economic impact of global warming may be the cause for social uprisings like the Arab Spring that caused governments to be overthrown because the people were rebelling against higher food costs due to lower crop yields because of the weather. Dr. Kim urges governments around the world to consider the implications of global warming. He warns that weather events that are often called “the storm of the century” could actually become the norm. These drastic changes in climate will make it more difficult to bring people out of poverty and will impact many families around the world. Climate change, Dr. Kim stated, could also impact governments and organizations like the World Bank in a negative manner.