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Leaked Report on Climate Change Warns of Disasters

A leaked 29 page summary of a draft report by the United Nations-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns of a planet plagued by disasters in the wake of a changing climate. The report notes serious threats to the stability of the food and water supply contributing to increased political conflict that is likely to turn violent as resources become scarce.

The report describes a planet in peril as a result of the human-caused buildup of greenhouse gases since the Industrial Revolution, where glaciers are shrinking and plants and animals have shifted their ranges in response to rising temperatures. As global warming continues through the 21st century, many species will face greater risk of extinction, marine life will shift toward the poles and seawater will grow more acidic, the report says.

According to the leaked report, by the end of the century many of today’s coastal areas will be unlivable due to rising sea levels as extreme heat waves also threaten urban life. Disruptive and shifting weather patterns will take a serious toll on the food and fresh water supply which will be exacerbated as population levels continue to increase.

The global food supply is also at risk, with yields of wheat, rice, corn and other major crops projected to drop by as much as 2% each decade for the rest of the century, even as demand rises…

Climate change alone isn’t the cause of most of the ill effects. Rather, it worsens them by interacting with other factors, such as population growth, urbanization and exploitation of natural resources.The panel sees the changing climate slowing down economic growth and worsening poverty, hunger and disease. The report also says climate change increases the risk of violence and civil war.

Unfortunately it seems as though there will be no real effort to stop or even slow the severity of these changes. Doing so would require a robust regulatory scheme which has been ruled unacceptable to US and other elites in the developing world. Unilateral attempts to combat climate change in Europe and elsewhere are not enough to offset the damage. The only silver lining may be you will get to live in interesting times.

The final report will be released in March.

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Leaked Report On Climate Change Warns Of Disasters

A leaked 29 page summary of a draft report by the United Nations backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns of a planet plagued by disasters in the wake of a changing climate. The report notes serious threats to the stability of the food and water supply contributing to increased political conflict that is likely to turn violent as resources become scarce.

The report describes a planet in peril as a result of the human-caused buildup of greenhouse gases since the Industrial Revolution, where glaciers are shrinking and plants and animals have shifted their ranges in response to rising temperatures. As global warming continues through the 21st century, many species will face greater risk of extinction, marine life will shift toward the poles and seawater will grow more acidic, the report says.

According to the leaked report by the end of the century many of today’s coastal areas will be unlivable due to rising sea levels as extreme heat waves also threaten urban life. Disruptive and shifting weather patterns will take a serious toll on the food and fresh water supply which will be exacerbated as population levels continue to increase.

The global food supply is also at risk, with yields of wheat, rice, corn and other major crops projected to drop by as much as 2% each decade for the rest of the century, even as demand rises…

Climate change alone isn’t the cause of most of the ill effects. Rather, it worsens them by interacting with other factors, such as population growth, urbanization and exploitation of natural resources.The panel sees the changing climate slowing down economic growth and worsening poverty, hunger and disease. The report also says climate change increases the risk of violence and civil war.

Unfortunately it seems as though there will be no real effort to stop or even slow the severity of these changes. Doing so would require a robust regulatory scheme which has been ruled unacceptable to US and other elites in the developing world. Unilateral attempts to combat climate change in Europe and elsewhere are not enough to offset the damage. The only silver lining may be you will get to live in interesting times.

The final report will be released in March.

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