Bleak IPCC Report Highlights Deadly Climate Impacts
The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) — the main UN international group studying climate change — has released the second installment of the IPCC fourth assessment report enitled “Impact, Adaptation and Vulnerability” [more | more2]. Building on February's IPCC report which found human greenhouse gas emissions are very likely to be the main cause of recent warming, thousands of the world's leading climate scientists concurred that heat-trapping emissions from industry and other activities are already influencing weather patterns and ecology. A further increase in global average temperatures of 3-5 degrees F is expected to lead to a wide variety of climate change exacerbated disasters including droughts, floods, hunger, disease, extinction of at least a fourth of the world's species, loss of vital global natural areas like the Amazon and Great Barrier Reef, and inundation of coasts and islands occupied by hundreds of millions of people. The report says the poor will be hardest hit by these changes. Even given this litany of serious climate change disasters, many scientists involved in the process express concern the report was watered down by government representatives [more | more2 | more3]. It is unacceptable that the IPCC allow diplomats to edit scientific reports, even as authors note “the report removed any doubt about the urgency of acting to curb emissions of greenhouse gases”. It is likely to be worse, much worse – indeed the end of the Earth and her complex life including humans. I have been blogging on climate change, environmental sustainability and forests since 1995 (the longest continuous blog of any kind on the Internet), and many times have been accused of spreading unfounded doom and gloom. My predictions back then pale in comparison to events actually unfolding right now and predicted soon by the IPCC. EcoInternet calls for immediate urgent climate action based upon these IPCC reports.