UN report hopes to show opportunities climate change may present

Lawrence McGinty

Former Science and Medical Editor

Babies with respiratory problems receive treatment in a smog outbreak in Feb. The IPCC says air pollution is responsible for more deaths. Credit: Reuters

The scientists involved in this report will be very aware that people have just become weary about report after report that sounds alarm bells about climate change.

One of the leading scientists involved in the report, Professor Chris Field, he said there is a danger reports like this will be seen as overly negative, and there are some positive aspects to climate change.

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For example melting Arctic sea ice may be a danger to polar bears but will also open up new shipping routes.

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There is also a recognition beyond that there is a need to talk about opportunities now that climate change presents, of investing in infrastructure in new ways that will make for a safer, more stable and more sustainable economy.

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