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This week, a big report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was leaked before publication, and it confirmed, yet again, the grim—dire, frightful—reality the we face if we don't slash our global greenhouse gas emissions, and slash them fast.
This "Synthesis Report," to be released in November following a UN conference in Copenhagen, is still subject to revision. It is intended to summarize three previous UN climate publications and to "provide an integrated view" to the world's governments of the risks they face from runaway carbon pollution, along with possible policy solutions.
As expected, the document contains a lot of what had already been reported after the three underpinning reports were released at global summits over the past year. It's a long list of problems: sea level rise resulting in coastal flooding, crippling heat waves and multidecade droughts, torrential downpours, widespread food shortages, species extinction, pest outbreaks, economic damage, and exacerbated civil conflicts and poverty.
originally posted by: jajaja
Leaked, how convienent.
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: smurfy
And brought to you by those same computer models that can't accurately hindcast what the climate of the past was known to be, and if you adjust them to hindcast accurately, no two of them can agree on what will happen in the future, either.
originally posted by: stormcell
The IPCC is run by the same international scientists who work for those countries that are building two coal fired power stations each year. Their solution is for the West to cut back on manufacturing and de-industrialize. Guess who gets all that extra business?
Given that solar energy remains constant, there are only three ways it can reach Earth. Absorbed by land, absorbed by ocean and transferred to these areas. Snow and ice reflect sunlight. Land can absorb heat, but will release it as heat, causing thermals. If oceans absorb energy, they release it as evaporated water which then cools down, condenses and falls as rain. The clouds reflect sunlight. Given the angle that the Arctic and Antarctic have to the sun, the energy per square meter is far lower than at the equator.
The important factor is all those different ocean currents that can oscillate every twenty, thirty and fifty years, like the El Nina/El Nino. They have the greatest influence over warming and cooling.
5 Terrifying Facts From Leaked UN Climate Report
originally posted by: andy06shake
a reply to: lostbook
I guess the turn of the next century will be about the time we all start singing "Solong and thanks for all the fish" because our Earth simply cannot sustain us past said date. Time to find Earth 2.0 and release all that off the shelf black project technology. Or we can just keep on deluding ourselfs, our choice I suppose, I know what one I would bet my money on.