So, yeah, that global warming thing. Seems it’s gonna be pretty bad:
Global warming is destroying species, raising sea levels and threatening millions of poor people, the United Nations’ top scientific panel will say today in a report that U.N. officials hope will help mobilize the world into taking tougher actions on climate change.
The report argues that only firm action, including putting a price on carbon dioxide emissions, will avoid more catastrophic events. Those actions will take a small part of the world’s economic growth but will be substantially less than the costs of doing nothing, the report will say.
And it seems that some of the deniers were right about one thing: the IPCC was not entirely accurate. Unfortunately for them, the effects of climate change are happening much more quickly than the IPCC claims:
Even though the synthesis report is more alarming than its predecessors, some researchers believe that it still understates the trajectory of global warming and its impact. The I.P.C.C.’s scientific process, which takes five years of study and writing from start to finish, cannot take into account the very latest data on climate change or economic trends, which show larger than predicted development and energy use in China.
“The world is already at or above the worst case scenarios in terms of emissions,” said Gernot Klepper, of the Kiel Institute for World Economy in Kiel, Germany. “In terms of emissions, we are moving past the most pessimistic estimates of the I.P.C.C., and by some estimates we are above that red line.”
Climate change is real and it is happening rather quickly. It is going to kill a lot of people, displace countless others, and disrupt the farming and economic patterns of the entire globe. It is long past time people got past their “I hate hippies” hang ups and started treating this problem as if we were all adults. In exchange for a minor, temporary blip in economic growth, we can literally save millions and avert a catastrophe. That has to be mor eimportant than the profits of a handful of campaign donors and your dislike of long hair and bad acid rock.
Because in twenty years, when your children and your grandchildren are asking you how the hell did you let this happen, I don’t think they are going to be sympathetic to “James Inhofe said the dirty f*cking hippy scientists were wrong!”