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Excerpt: "Climate change is happening, it's almost entirely man's fault and limiting its impacts will require reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero this century, the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in a report published Sunday."

 (photo: Jason Hawkes/Getty Images)
(photo: Jason Hawkes/Getty Images)


UN: World Faces Do-Or-Die Carbon Threat

By Al Jazeera America

03 November 14

 

Report says world has until 2100 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero or face ‘irreversible’ consequences

limate change is happening, it's almost entirely man's fault and limiting its impacts will require reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero this century, the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in a report published Sunday.

"Science has spoken. There is no ambiguity in their message. Leaders must act. Time is not on our side," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the report's launch in Copenhagen.

The report is meant to serve as a scientific roadmap for U.N. climate negotiations, which continue next month in Lima, Peru. The meeting will be the last major conference on the issue before a 2015 summit in Paris, where a global agreement on climate action is supposed to be adopted.

Governments can keep climate change in check at manageable costs, but will have to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2100 to limit the risk of irreversible damage, the U.N. report said.

The biggest hurdle is deciding who should do what, with developed countries calling on China and other major developing countries to take on ambitious targets, and developing countries saying the already developed have a historical responsibility to lead the fight against global warming and to help poorer nations cope with its impacts. The IPCC carefully avoided taking sides on the issue, saying the risks of climate change "are generally greater for disadvantaged people and communities in countries at all levels of development."

The report, which was the fourth and final installment in the IPCC’s climate assessment, summed up 5,000 pages of work by 800 scientists who concluded that global warming was now causing more heat extremes, downpours, acidifying the oceans and raising sea levels.

Failure to reduce greenhouse gas output, produced by the burning of fossil fuels, to zero this century might lock the world on a trajectory with "irreversible" impacts on people and the environment, the report said.

Amid its grim projections, the report also offered hope, saying the tools needed to set the world on a low-emissions path – such as solar and wind energy generators – already exist.

"We have the means to limit climate change," IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri said. "All we need is the will to change, which we trust will be motivated by knowledge and an understanding of the science of climate change."

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the report "another canary in the coalmine."

"The bottom line is that our planet is warming due to human actions, the damage is already visible, and the challenge requires ambitious, decisive and immediate action," Kerry said in a statement. "Those who choose to ignore or dispute the science so clearly laid out in this report do so at great risk for all of us and for our kids and grandkids."

Pointing to solutions, the IPCC said the costs associated with mitigation action, such as shifting energy systems to solar and wind power and other renewable sources, would reduce economic growth only by 0.06 percent annually.

Pachauri of the IPCC said that cost should be measured against the implications of doing nothing, putting "all species that live on this planet" at peril.


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+1 # indian weaver 2014-11-03 08:30
I understand this to be a basically political statement, not one of fact. From what I know, it's already irreversible and we have doomed the planet to the negative feedback loop of warming that will eventually incinerate the planet. No wonder everyone avoids the truth - couldn't be any worse, and the truth obviates the existence of all governments / nations. What's the point anymore - it's coming to worldwide anarchy fast. The entire planet now depends on raping our Great Mother for survival. We have passed the carrying capacity of the planet and cannot turn back.
 
 
+12 # tedrey 2014-11-03 11:52
Your past posts have shown that you are a sensitive and intelligent individual, but you have GIVEN UP, and are trying to get the rest of us to give up also. Let those who are not so cocksure that it's irreversible try to do what we can to keep the world, life, and civilization going. Mumble your despair in a corner if you must, but please don't try to convince us there's nothing we can do about it.
 
 
0 # RobertMStahl 2014-11-03 17:34
GUTCP - Why is there no science when, historically, science has done far more than God lately, if context brings closure, and any Armageddon analogy? I would recommend the Life sciences, otherwise, like Margulis, Varela, Bateson, Lovelock, even Ralph Abraham, but Mills has so much to say, flawless, physics 100% based on physical phenomenon, not mathematics or statistics, censored for 26 years, others stealing many Nobel prizes without giving him the credit. The book is complete and functions consistently for 85 orders of magnitude. Aside from the fact that is is interesting on every level, is anyone paying attention to these 85 zeros? The national debt is thirteen. The 'solution' is based, largely, on the introduction of a more stable state for hydrogen, 200 times more stable than anything ever before, comprising 95% of the matter in the universe, dark matter. The SunCell is forthcoming.
 
 
+7 # Tigre1 2014-11-03 09:28
Who do I know to trust on this? myself, for one. Ten years ago I was in AK and a
couple of locals showed me pix of where the glaciers used to be...back when I was a young man.

When it gets to be well enough known, the richies who insisted we kill the planet for their increase of wealth may feel...briefly. ..the vengeance of the crowd...a la ZKhadaffy.

Would Like to live long enough to watch. Can we hurry the revenge part up? I may not be able to stay to see the entire play...
 
 
+7 # intheEPZ 2014-11-03 09:30
So why the heck doesn't the UN stop all these crazy wars? The US military industrial complex (which funds and supplies most of the other military industrial complexes) are probably the number one cause of global warming with all their bombs, planes, fuels, burning oil fields, destroyed cities which need to be cleaned up and rebuilt with huge expense of fossil fuels, fake and endless supply of bogey men, surplus inefficient vehicles sold to the civilian sector, more bombs, more death and destruction, more fires, more smoke, more depleted uranium contamination, more CFC-based enrichment of nuclear fuels (CFC's being 100 times more potent greenhouse gas than CO2), etc. etc. etc. C'mon UN, declare the US a rogue state that is single handedly fueling most of the greenhouse gas production here and around the world and kick them off the security council. And yes we can turn back, Indian weaver, but only if we jail the criminals in the Executive branch, Pentagon, NSA, CIA, and their lapdogs in Congress and on the Supreme Court that keep this corrupt abuse of power going.
 
 
0 # Texas Aggie 2014-11-04 11:43
While what you said is true enough, there will never be any comeuppance for those who are responsible for the problems. They will continue in power and will continue to deny that anything is wrong even after their beach properties get wiped out every third year by a hurricane.
 
 
+3 # dlet60 2014-11-03 10:38
intheEPZ is right on! But there is more to this story-We are being scammed and hoodwinked. Nowhere in all the hoopla about climate change is there ever any mention of geoengineering (weather modification and chemtrails), HAARP and loss of the ozone layer. The US gov't is the leading militarist on the planet with its policies of endless war, its constantly growing military budget and now, for the last 40-50 years, war by controlling the weather. China and Russia are also players plus others. What we don't know is by whom, who benefits and why? And why is no one talking about this, what's the secret? The whole world is at risk, the drought in California is only one example of many. See this video:
http://youtu.be/XR6Ads0A3cU
 
 
0 # Citizen Mike 2014-11-03 10:43
It does not matter whose fault this is, if it is man-made or not. What matters is that it is happening and that the world's economic system will prevent anything being done to stop, slow or reverse it.

We must now turn our attention to how to adapt ourselves to the inevitable massive climate change effects and prepare for all kinds of predictable disasters.

The masters of world capitalism will soon devise ways to profit from preparing to face climate change disasters and then we will begin to see action.
 
 
-1 # sasha56 2014-11-03 11:17
Carbon emissions are only a part of the man-made problem causing the warming of the planet. But dlet60 has nailed it- GEOENGINEERING aka 'chemtrails', solar radiation management, weather modification, is the elephant in the room that goes unaddressed in most media. Although the subject is marginalized as some crazy conspiracy, it is nonetheless ongoing and visible in our skies daily. As one who is sensitive to the fallout (sinus, dry eyes, general feeling of malaise) I've been paying close attention to the issue and am astonished at how little attention is paid to this subject. There is virtually no natural weather anymore. In California, any weather systems which otherwise would bring rain are manipulated to relocate precipitation to the eastern US, which sees disproportionat e amounts of rainfall and geoengineered snow storms in 40 degree temps. And what about the stuff they spray in the upper atmosphere that we all breathe? Aluminum, Barium, Strontium, among others, ALL harmful to human health. One brave young whistle blower by the name of Kristen Megan is speaking out and, along with Dane Wiggington, makes a compelling case. If you are skeptical, watch this:https://ww w.youtube.com/w atch?v=jHm0XhtD yZA
 
 
0 # Citizen Mike 2014-11-03 11:50
Do you really believe that stuff? Who would be intentionally sabotaging the environment and for what purpose?

There is plenty of real stuff going on, doing damage blindly in pursuit of profit by capitalists who want to suck up every nickel and do not care who they hurt or what they destroy. But I am hard put to believe there is some massive conspiracy to damage the environment or injure us.

We are merely collateral damage to their profit-seeking.
 
 
-1 # Ken Halt 2014-11-03 20:38
Yeah, I agree with Citizen Mike: remove the tin foil head gear.
 
 
+1 # Nominae 2014-11-03 16:53
Now that Chevron, Exxon-Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell *ALL* (finally) officially recognize the reality of Climate Change, I hope that all the "Baghdad Bobs" who bought into the Extraction Industry lies of day-before-yest erday will now find some *other* new religion.

Chevron, Exxon-Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell did not suddenly develop a long-absent Global conscience - their own *stockholders* forced them to take their official heads out of the sand and at least to *pretend* to be doing something about Climate Change.

Oil Corp. efforts were predictably half hearted, half-fast, and very weak, but at least their stockholders forced them to tone down the inane and insane "it ain't happenin' y'all" propaganda rhetoric.

Stockholders see the dying specter of fossil fuel dominance, and they are telling the Big Oil Boyz that if Oil Boyz fail to diversify into renewables, Stockholders themselves will be withdrawing their investments.

In other words, an argument that greed-besotted, unregulated capitalists can comprehend.

This alone was a major step forward, and accomplished not at all too soon !
 
 
0 # Texas Aggie 2014-11-04 11:47
"Half-fast" is a very appropriate description of anything they do. I'm sure that you meant the pun and good on you for it.
 
 
+2 # sasha56 2014-11-04 00:58
Quoting Citizen Mike:
Do you really believe that stuff? Who would be intentionally sabotaging the environment and for what purpose?

Mike,I can only answer your first question in the affirmative. Who and Why? I can only speculate. It is conspicuously absent from any serious public discourse and media, but as to the question of Who- geoengineering seems largely to be carried out by the military. See:http://csat .au.af.mil/2025 /volume3/vol3ch 15.pdf As to Why? There are documents and patents indicating the use of weather modification for military purposes as well as an (insane, in my view) attempt to cool the planet. See: http://www.google.com/patents/US5003186?dq=5003186. Stephan Colbert did an interview with geoengineering proponent David Keith- http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/lv0hd2/david-keith - in which Colbert suggests Keith is less than truthful when he claims the program has yet to be implemented. I agree that 'there is plenty of real stuff going on' and that 'real stuff' includes weather manipulation via aerosol spraying of the atmosphere. And for those who like to throw around labels like 'conspiricy nut' and 'tin foil hat'- you do a disservice because you fear to tread in socially taboo waters rather than investigate for yourself. There are several documentary films and MANY photographs out there. You might seriously ask if there IS something to this geoengineering racket, that is unless you're afraid someone might think you're a nut.
 
 
+2 # jimallyn 2014-11-04 00:58
Disastrous climate change will not be avoided without government action. Unfortunately, at least in the United States, the government is owned by the fossil fuel companies, and government will take no action that upsets their corporate masters.
 

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