Climate Scientists to Issue Dire Warning
The world's leading climate scientists will soon report that global warming could cause the Earth's temperature to rise to levels far higher than previously predicted. Under the auspices of the United Nations' forthcoming and most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, scientists will report they:
“are now unable to place a reliable upper limit on how quickly the atmosphere will warm as carbon dioxide levels increase. The report draws together research over the past five years and will be presented to national governments in April and made public next year. It raises the possibility of the Earth's temperature rising well above the ceiling quoted in earlier accounts… Such an outcome would have severe consequences, such as the collapse of the Greenland ice sheet and disruption of the Gulf Stream ocean current… The scientific agenda has moved from improving the predictions to thinking about what are the chances of something awful happening.”
The new IPCC report will underpin international talks on how to cut greenhouse gas emissions when the first phase of the Kyoto protocol expires in 2012.
There has long been discussions at international climate forums that abrupt and runaway climate change was a real possibility as feedbacks such as methane hydrates, melting permafrost and forest dieback caused by initial climate changes resulted in further carbon dioxide release. These concerns were excised from early reports after vigorous lobbying by the oil industry and their governments they control such as the U.S. and Saudia Arabia.
To the United States of Exxon, I sure hope those extra years of windfall profits were worth jeopardizing the prospects of stabilizing the Earth's climate. You have acted criminally and will be punished for your crimes.