he climate change hoax
continues with a new announcement from the nobel prize winning IPCC
IPCC to warn of 'abrupt' warming
By Richard Black
Environment correspondent, BBC News
Climate change may bring "abrupt and irreversible" impacts, the UN's climate advisory panel is set to announce.
Discussions were said to have been robust, with the US and other delegations keen to moderate language.
The summary will be officially launched by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon on Saturday.
It brings together elements of the three reports that the Nobel Prize-winning IPCC
has already released this year, on the science of climate change, impacts and adaptation, and options for mitigating the problem.
Among its top-line conclusions are that climate change is "unequivocal", that humankind's emissions of greenhouse gases are more than 90% likely to be the main cause, and that impacts can be reduced at reasonable cost.
The synthesis summary being discussed here in Valencia strengthens the language of those earlier reports with a warning that climate change may bring "abrupt and irreversible" impacts.
Such impacts could include the fast melting of glaciers and species extinctions.
"Climate change is here, it's impacting our lives and our economies, and we need to do something about it," commented Hans Verolme, director of the climate change programme with the environmental group WWF.
"After this report, there are no politicians left who can argue they don't know what climate change is or they don't know what to do about it
Well, there will be a few in Oklahoma who don't.
In describing the US efforts to change the language, AFP
"US delegates in particular said references to "irreversible" climate change and impacts were imprecise.
They argued, for example, that the melting of glaciers or ice sheets -- which could raise ocean levels by several meters (a dozen feet) -- was not "irreversible" as ice could eventually reform.
"But we are not dealing with geological time scales of tens of thousands of years," said one delegate, irked by this reasoning. "We are talking about dire consequences to humans and the environment in the coming decades."
By 2100, global average surface temperatures could rise by between 1.1 C (1.98 F) and 6.4 C (11.52 F
) compared to 1980-99 levels, while sea levels will rise by between 18 and 59 centimetres
(7.2 and 23.2
inches), according to the IPCC's forecast." more
And remember, these guys are seen as conservative.
So, as the right wing nutballs continue to play their last card, and the US Administration continues to protect their carbon constituency, the new solid, conservative view of the problem is Abrupt and Irreversible.
Take me to the Mountains.
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