Melting ice cap
by Natalia Galbetti
Categories: Causes, Environment, Science.

The United National scientific panel has released a report explaining the eminent risks of climate change and it’s not pretty.

“We have a closing window of opportunity,” said one of the study’s co-author Patricia Romero-Lankao of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado. “We do have choices. We need to act now.”

The 49-page report paints a picture of what the global consequences of the continuing changes in climate due to human behavior and neglect of Earth’s natural resources will be.

Weather-wise, we can brace for more storms, draughts, floods and natural disasters as temperatures rise about six or seven degrees Fahrenheit (3.5 to four degrees Celsius) by 2100. It seems like a small enough number but according to the scientists who wrote the report, it will have a huge impact all over the world, melting the ice in Greenland, causing some places to have no drinking water, others to have too much rain and increasing the odds of storms like Katrina in 2005 to happen more often.

Those climate conditions will inevitably lead to political and social turmoil according to the report, which used over 12,000 scientific studies to draw its conclusions. Hunger will become more widespread, poverty will increase and so will be price of food, making world peace a near impossible goal.

“We are going to see more and more impacts, faster and sooner than we had anticipated,” said Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development at the Independent University in Bangladesh and a study co-author. “Things are worse than we had predicted.”

“The report underscores the need for immediate action in order to avoid the most severe impacts of climate change,” said John Holdren, the presidential science advisor for the White House and the Obama administration is a written statement.

This is the fifth report the United Nations has released, the latest in 2007, and it is by far the most comprehensive and alarmist of all. While it doesn’t dictate what country leaders should do, it does call for urgent action.

“We are pointing for reasons for alarm”  said the panel vice chairman, Jean-Pascal van Ypersele. “It’s because the facts and the science and the data show that there are reasons to be alarmed. It’s not because we’re alarmist.”

Via The Huffington Post

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  • mememine

    What news editors never tell you.

    After 32 years of CO2 research the IPCC scientists are now 95% certain that a climate change crisis “could be” happening and are 100% certain that the Earth is NOT flat.

    “I think the majority is badly wrong, and you have to make sure if the majority is saying something that they’re not talking nonsense.” – Freeman Dyson

    And get up to date;
    *Occupywallstreet now does not even mention CO2 in its list of demands because of the bank-funded and corporate run carbon trading stock markets ruled by politicians.
    *Canada killed Y2Kyoto with a freely elected climate change denying prime minister and nobody cared, especially the millions of scientists warning us of unstoppable warming (a comet hit).

    Climate Blame Believer; your mistake was not knowing what the consensus really was while you threatened your own kids with a false scientific certainty that science never had. Who’s the neocon?

    • CB

      …and how certain are you there won’t be a climate crisis?

      If you understand polar ice caps have never before in Earth’s history been able to withstand such high levels of CO₂, how likely is it they will this time around?