Climate Scientists Assess Warming Risks

YOKOHAMA, Japan (March 25, 2014) Top climate scientists who are assessing the impact of global warming say that along with the enormous risks facing humanity are opportunities to improve public health and build a better world.

Scientists from 100 countries meeting in the Japanese port city of Yokohama were putting finishing touches Tuesday on a massive report emphasizing the gravity of the threat from climate change facing communities from the polar regions to the tropics.

Japan's environment minister, Nobuteru Ishihara, pledged to make Tokyo's 2020 Games an "Environmental Olympics" as the city devises new policies to improve energy efficiency.

Christopher Field, co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said the improved understanding of a warming planet will help countries grasp the human impact on that trend and how to manage those risks.

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