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Baker writes: "While climate change reports are far from a new phenomenon, an international study released Monday morning should be enough to give any human being reason to act and/or demand action from legislators and the energy industry around them."

Climate change is already a threat to human life according to a new UN report. (photo: Reuters)
Climate change is already a threat to human life according to a new UN report. (photo: Reuters)


Groundbreaking UN Report Warns Climate Change a Threat to Global Security and Mankind

By Brandon Baker, EcoWatch

01 April 14

 

hile climate change reports are far from a new phenomenon, an international study released Monday morning should be enough to give any human being reason to act and/or demand action from legislators and the energy industry around them.

For the first time, a United Nations panel has concluded that the list of widely known climate change impacts—including extreme weather and warming—could soon grow to include increased strains on water and food supplies, leading to civil resource wars, migration and international conflict.

That’s on top of assertions that the effects of climate change are already seen on every continent and oceans on the planet, and that we’re “ill-prepared” for them.

“We live in an era of man-made climate change,” said Vicente Barros, co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Working Group II, which compiled the report. “In many cases, we are not prepared for the climate-related risks that we already face. Investments in better preparation can pay dividends both for the present and for the future.”

By all accounts, the report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability is the most comprehensive report on climate change released on a global scale. A total of 309 authors and editors from 70 countries were selected to produce the report. Additionally, 436 contributors and nearly 1,800 experts and government reviewers provided input. The report’s impending release led to a flurry of responses and interpretations over the weekend that all agree that fossil fuel divestment needs to end now.

“Oil rigs and coal power plants are weapons of mass destruction, loading the atmosphere with destructive carbon emissions that don’t respect national borders,” Jen Maman, peace adviser at Greenpeace International, said. “To protect our peace and security, we must disarm them and accelerate the transition to clean and safe renewable energy that’s already started.”

Chris Field, another IPCC co-chair, told The Guardian that the group that compiled the report realized it was high time to move beyond weather and energy related impacts when discussing the risks of a changing climate.

“If we want to take a smart approach to the future, we need to consider a full range of possible outcomes and that means not only the more likely outcomes, but also outcomes for truly catastrophic impacts, even if those are lower probability,” Field said.

Michael Mann, a climate scientist, author, professor and director of Penn State University’s Earth System Science Center, said the report shows that “increased competition for diminishing resources among a growing global population is unfortunately a perfect prescription for increased conflict.” In the IPCC’s view, it’s most striking that these effects on our agriculture, health, livelihood and ecosystems are taking place “from the tropics to the poles, from small islands to large continents, and from the wealthiest countries to the poorest.”

That means the potential for mass migrations and competition is just as widespread. Mann adds that it will have an extreme impact on biodiversity.

“The Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the world and a home to much ocean biodiversity, is being hit with a double whammy—increased coral bleaching because of hotter waters and the increased acidity of the ocean water as growing atmospheric carbon dioxide continues to penetrate into the upper ocean,” Mann said. “In fact, scientists conclude that this combination of factors will kill off the Great Barrier Reef and nearly all the world’s coral reefs in a matter of decades if we continue with the course that we’re on.”

Hoda Baraka of 350.org says keeping coal, oil and gas reserves in the ground is the best way to minimize that course.

To those who are concerned about the potential financial cost of adapting to the demands of climate change, Amalie Obsuan, a Greenpeace campaigner for Southeast Asia, suggests examining the true cost of warming.

“Let’s not get distracted by limited economic models or be blinded by global [gross domestic product],” she said. “What value can you put on the lives of 8,000 people left dead or missing by typhoon Haiyan? Or what is the cost of the trauma of children being torn from their mother’s arms due to storm surges?

“That is the true cost of climate change that should define the urgency of the action we take.”


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-33 # brycenuc 2014-04-01 09:44
The global warming alarm is the biggest fraud that has ever been perpetrated on the world. The volume and frequency of the cries of alarm are proportional to the rate at which the "warmists'" prognostication s are failing. Carbon is essential for all life on earth and is not pollution. Pollution is what is being provided by Al Gore and his minions to garner tax money for "research" that shows how we will all soon perish and the the worthless but costly schemes being promulgated to counter the false alarm.
 
 
+5 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2014-04-01 11:05
How do you spend your time in the insane asylum?
 
 
+7 # RGV.REG 2014-04-01 11:20
Please look at the scientific evidence rather than just generalize your disbelief.

PS. POLLUTION IS ANYTHING THAT REACHES A CONCENTRATION THAT IS DEADLY TO THE ENVIRONMENT. (EXAMPLE. A SMALL AMOUNT OF SHIT IS FERTILIZER, WHERE THE HIGH CONCENTRATION OF HOG WASTE FROM MEGA-FARMING IS TOXIC...DEADLY.

Look around, you can easily see that something major is taking place! Both in our environment and withing the people all across the earth.
 
 
+1 # RGV.REG 2014-04-01 11:20
Please look at the scientific evidence rather than just generalize your disbelief.

PS. POLLUTION IS ANYTHING THAT REACHES A CONCENTRATION THAT IS DEADLY TO THE ENVIRONMENT. (EXAMPLE. A SMALL AMOUNT OF SHIT IS FERTILIZER, WHERE THE HIGH CONCENTRATION OF HOG WASTE FROM MEGA-FARMING IS TOXIC...DEADLY.

Look around, you can easily see that something major is taking place! Both in our environment and withing the people all across the earth.
 
 
+9 # myungbluth 2014-04-01 12:21
The ACTUAL biggest fraud is the one that convinced you that climate change does not exist. Who are you listening to? Limbaugh? FOX? How do you know they are correct? Why doesn't 99.9% scientific consensus sway you? This ISN'T about politics - except in some distant bizarro right-wing universe.I'll bet that you're a creationist, too. They believe in "faith-based science". Why don't you STUDY some science before you open your mouth?
 
 
+12 # chomper2 2014-04-01 12:28
The ignorance and stupidity of this commenter is one thing, but consideer this: 16 of the 22 Republican members of the House Science and Technology Committee are vehement global warming deniers. These are probably the most unqualified and scientifically ignorant members of the entire House, and they are the ones chosen to oversee the science activities of the government of the United States. The most frightening aspect of this is what is means about Congress and the way it functions, if indeed 'function' is a word one can use to describe it.
 
 
+5 # Billy Bob 2014-04-01 12:58
So, in other words, fuck everyone who will probably starve to death as a result of global warming, unless 97% of all scientists can prove it to you, personally, right?

You should go into politics. You'd fit right in.
 
 
+2 # reiverpacific 2014-04-01 15:56
Quoting brycenuc:
The global warming alarm is the biggest fraud that has ever been perpetrated on the world. The volume and frequency of the cries of alarm are proportional to the rate at which the "warmists'" prognostications are failing. Carbon is essential for all life on earth and is not pollution. Pollution is what is being provided by Al Gore and his minions to garner tax money for "research" that shows how we will all soon perish and the the worthless but costly schemes being promulgated to counter the false alarm.


You must live in a cave on high ground with one TV channel -FOX.
People like you don't deserve this planet; go and live on a Pacific Island and try telling the inhabitants the drivel you just spewed out here.
I'd urge you to read "The Coming Plague" by Laurie Garret but you couldn't handle it, even if you could read it, which I doubt!
 
 
+3 # Annietime13 2014-04-01 12:30
JUST READ THE VERY READABLE ,,,,,,,

"THE SIXTH EXTINCTION "
 
 
+3 # wise old owl 2014-04-01 13:02
From the article's 5th paragraph: "...all agree that fossil fuel divestment needs to end now."

I assume that SHOULD read either "all agree that fossil fuel investment needs to end now," or "all agree that fossil fuel divestment needs to start now."
 
 
0 # janie1893 2014-04-01 13:15
Goodbye Cruel World!!
 
 
+2 # maryf 2014-04-01 22:11
I had first skimmed the comments and noticed the strange absence of the RSN comments section's chief oil industry stooge, Malcolm, and I thought, he doesn't have a crackpot response to this article that just wastes everyone's time? Then I actually read the remarks by the joker at the top of the comments section.

Well, apparently some people don't care about what happens to humanity (especially to those in the third world, who are sure to suffer the most when the shit hits the fan) as a result of our own folly. If the planet is lucky, humans will become extinct before doing so much damage that nothing else will be able to survive either so evolution cannot start afresh.

Recently there were Congressional hearings at which James Hansen testified. Which almost seemed worth the time on C-Span until some numb-nuts politician started drumbeating for nuclear. Obviously someone hasn't been watching what has happened to Japan lately.

Insanity.
 
 
0 # Lgfoot 2014-04-02 10:32
Now that Hollywood is getting in on the act, with "Noah" depicting God's rage as directed at prehistoric extractionists/ polluters and Noah and his family as vegetarian environmentalis ts, maybe the mainstream will wake up to the problem and begin to see through the deception of the anti-science Republican energy whores.
But then again, the televangelists will undoubtedly sell out to the Koch brothers, so maybe not.
 

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