World Bank fears 4.0 degree warming
"The time is very, very short. The world has to tackle the problem of climate change more aggressively," World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said on a conference call on Sunday as he launched a report conducted for the global lender.
"We will never end poverty if we don't tackle climate change. It is one of the single biggest challenges to social justice today."
Kim said that the World Bank was determined to support renewable energy in its lending, saying: "We do everything we can not to invest in coal - everything we possibly can."
Kim, a physician and former president of Dartmouth College who was tapped for the World Bank by US President Barack Obama, said that 97 per cent of scientists agreed that human activity was causing climate change.
"As someone who has lived in the world of science for a long time, 97 per cent is unheard-of consensus," he said.