"Warming Threatens Africa Food, Asia Water Within Lifetime"

"Global warming of 2 degrees Celsius threatens African food production and Asian water supplies 'in our lifetime,' hurting the poorest first, the World Bank said."

"That increase may be reached in 20 to 30 years, while a 50-centimeter (20-inch) gain in sea levels may be 'unavoidable' by 2050, the bank said today in the report on how the poorest nations will be affected. The United Nations is seeking to keep warming to 2 degrees (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) since the 1800s.

'In sub-Saharan Africa, food shortages will become more common,' Rachel Kyte, a bank vice president for sustainable development, told reporters. 'In South Asia, shifting rain patterns will leave some areas underwater and others without enough water for power generation, irrigation or drinking.'"

Alex Morales and Sandrine Rastello report for Bloomberg June19, 2013.

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Source: Bloomberg, 06/19/2013