At 9 AM EST tomorrow morning the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a analysis physique comprised of greater than 2,000 of the world’s prime local weather scientists, will launch a brand new report on international warming’s affect on climate phenomena. Far be it from me to foretell what shall be within the report, but when the acute occasions which have occurred over the previous few years have not satisfied you that our local weather is altering in harmful methods, maybe this report will. A couple of examples of the results of local weather change’s impact on climate:
- Final yr, the United States set a record with 12 separate billion greenback climate disasters in a single yr, with an mixture injury complete of roughly $52 billion. This document yr breaks the earlier document of 9 billion-dollar climate/local weather disasters in a single yr, which occurred in 2008.
- The insurance coverage large Munich Re launched a complete evaluate in 2011 that places a quantity on the prices of the US’ 2011 yr of maximum climate: $35.9 billion. That is $12 billion above the 2000 to 2010 common lack of $23.eight billion.
That is actual money–and actually scary. However regardless of noticed excessive climate and measurable knowledge, some stay unconvinced.
Enter the Wall Road Journal, which tried to preempt the IPCC launch with an op-ed from William Happer of Princeton.
The professor dismisses the work of the IPCC with a wave of his hand and assures his readers that there’s completely nothing to fret about. He concedes that concentrations of CO2 within the environment have certainly skyrocketed because the Industrial Revolution, however since CO2 shouldn’t be a pollutant (“Life on earth flourished for a whole lot of thousands and thousands of years at a lot larger CO2 ranges than we see as we speak”) there’s nothing to fret about. Simply go about your enterprise and by no means thoughts that March warmth wave that has you strolling round in flip flops and turning up your AC.
350.org shouldn’t be as simply satisfied as Happer that local weather change is nothing to stress over. It has “Linked the Dots” and on Could 5 we’re launching an “Day of Local weather Impacts.” We’re anticipating over 10,000 occasions of the globe and it is a day you will not need to miss. Discover out extra at climatedots.org.