IPCC Issues Strongest Report Yet

The IPCC has called for urgent action on climate change [ark], and UN Secretary General Ban calls it the “defining challenge of our age” [ark]. Despite emerging from a consensus driven, political negotiating process; it appears that the “Summary for Policymakers of the Synthesis Report of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report” issues the strongest climate warnings yet. Here is a good article providing highlights of the 26 page summary report regarding the risk of global warming. Concerns remain that the report is outdated and thus being without the latest science is too optimistic [ark], yet the document is the best IPCC product thus far.
The report states “warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global average sea level… [and] could lead to abrupt or irreversible climate changes [search] and impacts”. Temperatures are projected to rise by 1.1 and 6.4 (2.0 and 11.5 Fahrenheit) this century.
Regarding solutions and their costs, to limit average global temperature rise to 2.0 to 2.4 degrees celsius, emissions of greenhouse gases would have to peak by 2015. The costs of fighting warming will range from 0.06 to 0.12 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP) per year, which represents a loss of GDP by 2030 of less than 3 percent. Regardless, global warming will last for centuries [ark] whatever is done.
This is a clarion call to action to save the Earth's climate. After reading the document, I must admit I am pleasantly surprised and filled with hope given its strength, clarity and use of science to highlight the urgency of climate change policy. Who will sufficiently respond? Can required mitigation and adaptation be made within the framework of inter-governmental processes, or are more radical measures required? Climate science must now translate into climate action.

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14 Responses

  1. David B. Benson says:

    I would comment more often if I could more easily read the comments.
    The choice of black on dark green makes the comments exceedingly difficult to read as there is insufficient contrast.

  2. Are too many of our current leaders hiding the truth of global warming as well as “poisoning the well” of public discourse?
    Too many of our politicians, economists, big-business execs and the talking heads in the mass media are all “whistling the same tune.” What is even worse is the way they entice appointees and surrogates to whistle that same tune, too. After all, who can resist offerings of great wealth, power and privileges that accrue to those who go along with what is political convenient, economically expedient, religiously tolerated and socially agreeable.
    Not only are too many leaders hiding the truth, they are also actively poisoning the well of public discourse in the process. And for what? Evermore power, wealth and privileges for themselves and their minions so they can carefreely play out the “conspicuous consumption fantasies” of their “Me Generation” by living long, living large and living unsustainably, come what may, having forgotten about the future of their children and about how human life depends upon Earth's limited resources and frangible ecosystem services for its very existence.
    With thanks for your consideration,
    Steve

  3. zephyr says:

    …..Not only are too many leaders hiding the truth, they are also actively poisoning the well of public discourse in the process…..
    You're right, Steven.
    I've never seen anything like this in my life (I just turned 59.)
    I am increasingly convinced that there is a lesson here for those of us who realize (I believe correctly) that we on Earth are being challenged to take the next step on the evolutionary ladder and simply work around those who prefer to stay where they are.
    This is not a frivolous proposal. We either come together and support that which is life-affirming or allow those who don't understand what is really going on to take us down with them.
    Whatever happens, the best gift we can offer to our children is to set an example of attending with care to the positive and the true.
    To put it more bluntly, it's time to ignore that which we know to be UNREAL and proceed with the best we have to offer.
    We might as well, yes?
    Best,
    zephyr

  4. David B. Benson says:

    Thanks for fixing the comment secction coloring scheme. Now I can read the comments!

  5. Roy says:

    The IPCC report is much the same as the 2001. But going back as far as 1993 a book titled 'Planetary Overload' by A.J. McMicheal has highlighted all the problems we are seeing now including what the IPCC reported. A. J. McMicheal has coordinated the scientific assessment of the potential health impact of climate change for the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and has assisted the British government in a similar task. Over 14 years ago.

  6. zephyr says:

    Re: 'Planetary Overload' by A.J. McMichael:
    Thank you kindly, Roy, for the reference. I have just spent a few moments researching this book online. Having read through a few excerpts I am planning to order it today. In fact I am hoping our Borders venue up the street here has it in stock.
    This book looks EXCELLENT. I wouldn't have known about it had you not mentioned it.
    Best,
    zephyr

  7. After years of careful and skillful research by the International Panel on Climate Change, it seems to me that the time has come to examine whether many too many government officials are behaving malevolently and acting in bad faith by continuing to disseminate disinformation about the established evidence on global warming.
    With the establishment of the scientific consensus on climate change, is it reasonable and sensible to ask of government officials who remain obstructive and in denial of such overwhelming scientific data if they are perfidiously engaged in a violation of public trust and, therefore, malfeasant in office?
    Steven Earl Salmony
    AWAREness Campaign on The Human Population
    http://sustainabilitysoutheast.org/

  8. Joyce says:

    We can see the weird effects of climate change right here in Southeastern Pennsylvania as the trees have not lost their leaves as they usually do in mid-October. The recent icy snow has put extra strain on tree branches b/c of it. Just an observation.

  9. Patrick Earth Troup says:

    Hello all and a wonderful day. lots of giving thanks!
    I love you all. I thank you for your wonderful viewpoints. I read Steven's and Zephyr and find them completely and utterly inspiring.
    It is all about evolution right now. At each moment, we are in the seed of evolution, creating an infinite amount of possibilities every action and thought we make.
    We are the power my friends. We are the power. Do not worry if people are taking their time, green washing, lieing, being negative or daudeling. Take all of that and channel it into positive energy for you to make differences.
    The ones who evolve and take on the issues prevalent today are amazing. The ones who take on the issues of today with a good hearted positive nature are perfect.
    In this era, we need good communication and peace with everyone around the World to get us out of this situation. We, who realize the tremendous magnitude of the issues prevalent, are blessed to have this knowledge, do not let it go arie or go to waste. We are the pioneers, the ones who will forge the path for the rest to follow. And in this day, filled with negativity, a lack of hope, and fear, those who are positive will create everything needed to get us out of the situation we are in, and one that fosters a healthy present, and future.
    Do not doubt yourself for one moment, or question yourself for one moment that what you do is good, everything we do is beautiful, and we are vital in these times. The most complicated times in history that we know.
    That is why the power of being simply will make tremendous headway towards solutions. The fundamentals such as compassions, friendship, caring, sharing, peace, harmony, music, dance, art, food, are all what people need. They make us happy, they keep us positive, they let us create, they let us come together, they let us learn and teach, all which will help us tremendously.
    We do not have much time now. Maybe a few years at most. We have no time to wait. That is why simple is vital as well. We do not have time for complicated answers, one that people need time to learn and adjust to. Just the basic fundamentals. The basic fundamentals take the least energy, are the most efficient and productive and take the least time. All important.
    We have billions of people around the World who do not know what Climate Change is. That is why thinking of everyone as friends and family, and people who can help us is vital. For we will need peace to create good communicative flow to educate and inspire those who do not yet know.
    We are talking full scale species evolution here. It's not complex.
    We all know how to evolve since we have been doing it for billions of years now. It's in our genes, in our hearts, in our minds. It's basic. Easy. Simply. Fun. and Natural.
    As long as we pursue our truths and practice to not be fearful and pursue love for all, everything will work out wonderfully.
    For in these times, realize we are the all one, coming from one Earth. Appreciate the Earth, the universe, the people around us, all that we can comprehend.
    It's easy my friends.
    Remember to stay positive, follow your heart. It's all about the journey, the path, it's all about us.
    We have the power. Knowing we have the power is the first step in any movement. We as individuals. We have it. Come together with those around us.
    It will all happen naturally.
    It is happening with great haste all around the World, let's push it to the next level. Inspire all.
    Take care all, we will cross paths soon.
    I love you all and I am here for all of you. I wish the best for all.
    Do not worry. Be happy. everything is beautiful. We will solve all of this just easy.
    Patrick of the Earth

  10. zephyr says:

    Joyce wrote:
    …..We can see the weird effects of climate change right here in Southeastern Pennsylvania as the trees have not lost their leaves as they usually do in mid-October. The recent icy snow has put extra strain on tree branches b/c of it. Just an observation…..
    About 80% of the trees up here in the Boston area still have their leaves as well, Joyce. And of those trees with leaves, about 60% are STILL GREEN or are just now starting to turn.
    We had a dusting of snow today. Weird to see all the leaves on the trees with snow coming down.
    I have never seen anything like it in this region.
    Have you seen this yet:
    11/19/07
    Delay In Autumn Color Caused By Increased Carbon Dioxide Not Global Warming
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/11/071117104404.htm
    I've been keeping track of this atmospheric CO2 monitoring station in Dover, New Hampshire for over 5 years now:
    AIRMAP New England
    http://airmap.unh.edu/data/data.html'site=AIRMAPTF
    The current reading for CO2 at 12:15am Eastern Time on 11/21/07 is 430 ppmv (parts per million volume.)
    Note that these readings are taken every 15 minutes around the clock 365 days a year.
    On this page
    http://soot.sr.unh.edu/airmap/archive/
    click on any month under Thompson Farm and then click on CO2 in the list on the next page to see the graph for that month.
    The graphs speak for themselves.
    Best,
    zephyr

  11. Jean Mcmahon says:

    Will everyone Please join the Green Party????It is obvious by the total corporate control of the media that in the Presidential “debates” the “environment”will not be discussed..There is no difference between the Democrats and Republicans..half measures will not help the planet. We need political solutions Your voice is urgently NEEDED in the Green Party.

  12. JM says:

    As positive as the IPCC's recent call for urgent action to prevent near-certain disaster, I believe that we have already debated and denied for too long, and a climate tipping-point has now been breached, with the potential for catastrophic global consequences. Unfortunately, it appears to have gone unnoticed to date due to a universally-accepted oversimplification of climate modeling data. See “www.climate-shift.info” for a brief review of info.

  13. Lou Gold says:

    Technology and economy have always driven the relationship between humans and nature. But now, with so many people, the relationship between technology and economy also holds the future of the human race and the planet. There can be much much good

  14. misterE says:

    Uh, i think CO2 is fundamentally flawed for it's huge role in global warming with it's low output by us (.54% of global output overall). And the icecore samples used in al gore's film confirm that CO2 increases AFTER temperature increases, not the other way around (you can't see because of the horrendous time scale). Also, we're undeniably in a warming period, but we should focus more on other factors that are causing this rather than CO2.

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