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Will Major Nations Finally Heed IPCC Report on Global Warming?

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 17:23 PM
April 2, 2014

global-warming-ice_1213732cLeaked copies of draft copies of the next United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Global Warming contains harsher realities about its global dangers, rising tides and temperatures, and ‘unrecoverable’ nations.

Suzanne Goldenberg’s article for, ‘IPCC Report: Climate Change Felt ‘On All Continents and Across the Oceans,’ quotes: “Climate change has already left its mark ‘on all continents and across the oceans,’ damaging food crops, spreading disease, and melting glaciers.

Some issues may be in dispute, avers: “But governments have already signed off on the critical finding that climate change is already having an effect, and that even a small amount of warming in the future could lead to ‘abrupt and irreversible changes.’

“. . . changes in climate [cause] impacts on natural and human systems on all continents . . . The gravest . . . was to . . . low-lying coastal areas and small islands, because of storm surges, coastal flooding and sea-level rise. . . people living in large urban areas [are] also at risk from inland flooding [wiping] out homes and businesses, water treatment centers and power plants, [and] extreme heat waves.”

The report also emphasis that food production––from drought, flooding and erratic rainfalls––is at risk; changing ocean chemistries affect fisheries; drought threatens drinking water, and more fierce storms may hit electrical infrastructures.

Although the report said rigorous action may reduce some consequences, perhaps Goldenberg’s words strike the most damning admission of IPCC’s findings: “But the report also acknowledges that a certain amount of warming is already locked in, and that in some instances there is no way to escape the effects of climate change.”  As George Monbiot asks, ‘So, After the IPCC Report, Which Bit of the World Are You Prepared to Lose?” Clearly, he speaks of island nations.

He argues that governments led by capitalistic deniers of Climate Change equate the inevitable lost of smaller island nations with those of insurance actuaries to which businesses, countries and people must adjust––and that is heartless!

In ‘Fiji Leader Invites Climate-hit Kiribati Residents to Relocate,’ AFP’s Staff already reported ‘Fiji Leader Invites Pita Meanke, of Betio village, stands beside a tree as he watches the 'king tides' crash through the sea wall his family built onto his family property, on the South Pacific island of Kiribati.Climate-hit Kiribati Residents to Relocate:’  “If the sea level continues to rise because the international community won’t tackle global warming, some or all of the people of Kiribati may have to come and live in Fiji,” President Epeli Nailatikau said recently.

AFP explores: “Kiribati is among a number of island states––including Tuvalu, Tokelau and the Maldives––that the UN Human Rights Commission is concerned could become “stateless” due to climate change.”

Gardiner Harris’s report coincides with AFP.  In ‘Borrowed Time on Disappearing Land: Facing Rising Seas, Bangladesh Confronts the Consequences of Climate Change,’ Harris reveals:  “Bangladesh, with its low elevation and severe tropical storms, is among the countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, though it has contributed little to the emissions that are driving it.”

Frankly, this blogger tires of IPCC’s reports. Obviously, leaders of major countries do not care about their poorer neighbors.  Wholesale Christian Bibles guarantee an end for such indifference:  “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy (Proverbs 29: 1.”

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