Climate change is something that should keep us all "up at night," World Bank President Jim Yong Kim told CNBC, dismissing the skepticism among prominent politicians – especially in the U.S. – that man-made climate change is even occurring.
"As an American and as someone trained in science, the denial of the reality of climate change is really disappointing," World Bank President Jim Yong Kim told CNBC Monday.
"The science is absolutely clear, and 98 percent of climate scientists agree that man-made climate change is real and that the effects of climate change and a warming planet are much more severe at 0.8 degrees than we would have imagined," Kim said, referring to how much higher global temperatures are today than they were in pre-industrial times. Kim was speaking on the sidelines of the COP21 climate change summit in Paris.
Over 130 world leaders were gathering in Paris Monday for the United Nations conference on climate change and there are hopes that progress can be making the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions a priority for national governments, particularly the U.S. and China, who are the largest emitters.
Described by its organizers as a "crucial" event, COP21 will see world leaders attempt to come to, "a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius."