Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issues most dire warning yet

Posted November 17th, 2007 in Blog 1 Comment »

Fostering Ecological Hope
Today from Margaret Swedish:

Today the world’s scientists have spoken, clearly and in one voice. — United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Yes, the world’s scientists have spoken loudly and clearly. If you are tuned in at all to environmental news today, you know that the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its dire and sobering summary report on the catastrophe falling upon our Earth because of human-caused global warming.

Thought I’d just leave a few links about this and make a plea for stepped-up political action. There will be more to say once we have had a chance to read the report.

This article was posted today on the NY Times website, UN chief seeks leadership on climate change. Oh yes, we do, too!

Seen any among our political leaders lately — I mean, at the federal level? We’re seeing plenty leadership at the state level in California, the northeast and midwest. But from Congress and the White House — well, it’s woeful and shameful.

Mr. Ban singled out the US and China, the world’s two biggest carbon dioxide (CO2) emitters, both of which refuse to engage in mandatory emission reductions or to cooperate in an international regimen to do this at a global level.

The moral responsibility on these two nations weighs heavily.

From the article:

Members of the panel said their review of the data led them to conclude as a group and individually that reductions in greenhouse gases had to start immediately to avert a global climate disaster, which could leave island states submerged and abandoned, reduce African crop yields by 50 percent, and cause a 5 percent decrease in global gross domestic product.

And that’s barely getting started — coastal cities under water, the need to retreat inland, permanent drought in places like the US Southwest, drastic changes in weather patterns threatening agriculture in many parts of the world — and we could go on.

This report was the synthesized version of the three reports issued earlier this year (see the IPCC website link above). It represents a breathtaking consensus among scientists from around the world, endorsed now by UN members — in other words, no more debate about the threat of climate change, now we must prescind from it.

How urgent is our situation?

“If there’s no action before 2012, that’s too late, said Rajendra Pachauri, a scientist and economist who heads the IPCC. œWhat we do in the next two to three years will determine our future. This is the defining moment.

So, that’s five years, good friends, and we have barely started. New policies take time — just to get them into law, much less activated. This isn’t about debating how to reduce emissions over the next five years, this is about drastically reducing them starting now.

My niece in Chicago just sent me this link to an AP article published in the Chicago Tribune, UN panel gives dire warming forecast. If this doesn’t make one lose sleep, I don’t know what does.

As early as 2020, 75 million to 250 million people in Africa will suffer water shortages, residents of Asia’s megacities will be at great risk of river and coastal flooding, Europeans can expect extensive species loss, and North Americans will experience longer and hotter heat waves and greater competition for water, the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says.

The potential impact of global warming is “so severe and so sweeping that only urgent, global action will do,” [said Mr. Ban]

The issue got a nod from a couple of Democratic candidates today, Clinton and Edwards, and I am going to say this one more time — climate change and that other ecological crisis, overshoot, are the defining issues of our generation. It is up to us to make our political leaders and institutions respond accordingly.

The report is on the IPCC website, though in draft form awaiting the final copy editing. If you want a look, go here.

The IPCC won the Nobel peace prize this year, sharing it with Al Gore. We are so glad they did. Their combined voice is an inescapable call to humanity for an urgent response to the melting of our planet.

I give the last word this day to Achim Steiner, heard of the UN Enviroment Program, quoted in the Times article:

What we need is a new ethic in which every person changes lifestyle, attitude and behavior.

We agree. It is the heart of the matter for this blog and our project, Spirituality and Ecological Hope. But with this ethic for persons must come a new ethic for nation states and global politics. Hard to believe we are waging wars, growing our military budget, torturing detainees, eroding our civil liberties and political rights in a world about to cook us into crises we can hardly imagine yet.

But if you feel like imagining it, think Bangladesh today, then add Katrina, the recent wildfires in southern California, and throw in the mega-droughts in the Southwest and Southeast, and you begin to get the idea.

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  1. D.Bheemeswar

    Dear Mrs. Margaret

    Please kindly read the following. We need to avert the possible environ-mental problems. Also we have to stop oil wells in the arctic area, which is must. In order to reduce the pollutions due to oil usage, we have to revert to cycling and other means.
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    “When the prophecies-within-prophecies are deciphered, the hidden timeline of World War III is revealed.”

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    · The next major terrorist attack on the US
    · Osama Bin Laden
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    From the Author:
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    Chapter Four: The Time of Troubles
    Crazed leader launches nuclear bombs on Mediterranean and Europe
    (Century II, Quatrains 3 and 4)
    During a period of continuing unrest, the leader of a Middle Eastern country will be able to obtain a nuclear weapon. He will go to the greatest lengths over the smallest things and will not hesitate to use the weapon because of his obsessions with deadly warfare. The people he is warring against retaliate with a nuclear weapon. The country has a coast on the Mediterranean.

    One of the bombs will land in the Mediterranean instead of the land, poisoning all the fish. The passages of trade in the region will be disrupted so that the people on the other coast will be desperate for food and will eat the fish anyway. It will happen near the east coast of the Mediterranean in a region of dark-colored cliffs.
    (Century III, Quatrain 83)
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    Volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, droughts
    (Century IV, Quatrain 67)
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    (Century II, Quatrains 23 and 81)
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    Fiasco from communication breakdown between two superpowers
    (Century II, Quatrains 35 and 48)
    Through a mistake, a breakdown in communications between two powerful countries will occur. The situation is a lot more complex than will appear on the surface. The leader involved will feel great regret about what happened and will want to continue his career and help correct the situation, to help make up for the adverse affects.
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    Third world country leader creates strife
    (Century III, Quatrain 60)
    A “young dark man” will arise as a leader in a Third World country; his main goal is to unite the other Third World countries to do battle with the superpowers. The area of conflict will be in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, particularly around the Adriatic and the Caspian seas and Israel. No definite winner will emerge but the strife will help set the stage for the Antichrist. Many prophecies in the Bible refer to events in this region.
    Antichrist profits from radar research in Europe
    (Century I, Quatrain 6)
    Research on a more sophisticated type of radar and sensing devices will give greater information to the operator, i.e. an airplane pilot. But the first experiments with the technology will fail in a disastrous accident, when the vibrations emitted by the device cause the chassis of the plane to become weakened and dangerous. The scientists involved with the research will have to temporarily abandon the research because of diplomatic breakdowns, the threat of war, etc.
    This will take place before the Antichrist comes to full power. It will happen in Europe at the time the Antichrist is strengthening his base of power in the Middle East. The devices are currently under development but have not been tested yet. But this is another historical event that will permit the Antichrist to take over Europe.
    War game simulation by Britain in Europe leads to disaster
    (Century II, Quatrain 2)
    In a war-game maneuver involving Great Britain and European troops a malfunctioning computer will cause the “real-world” situation to play out instead of the simulation. As a result of the error actual defenses will be activated and real bombs will be dropped on the areas of the game and cause a tragic international incident.
    American Electoral College voting stalemate
    (Century VII, Quatrain 41)
    The presidents of the United States, a supposedly free country, have been abusing their power to an increasingly greater extent. During a time of social unrest even more so than the period of Vietnam and Watergate, the Electoral College will be evenly split over the election of the new president. The process will stalemate, with many people clamoring for whichever candidate they voted for, causing enormous tension in the country. Internationally it will be a sensitive situation.
    Because of the split, and the extremely volatile and explosive social unrest, putting either candidate in office instead of the other could start a civil war or a revolution. After a long time of impassioned speeches invoking patriotism and the founding fathers, a compromise solution of holding another election will be taken, and a candidate will be installed without disaster.

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    This only prediction, but we have to be more careful.