A recently released draft of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Synthesis Report concluded that anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) is fully upon us, will dramatically worsen unless something is done immediately - and that something is on the level of a wartime response. The report noted that ACD is "severe ... pervasive ... irreversible."
The authors of the draft report used the word "risk" 351 times, "vulnerable" or "vulnerability" 61 times, and "irreversible" 48 times, and added: "The report found that companies and governments had identified reserves of these [fossil] fuels at least four times larger than could safely be burned if global warming is to be kept to a tolerable level."
The world is already on track to be at least 4 degrees Celsius warmer before the end of the century due to missed carbon targets, while incredibly, worry over short-term costs of investments to address the risks resulting from runaway ACD continues to paralyze any meaningful action toward its mitigation.
There are times when farce and living caricature almost consume the cynicism and mendacity in the daily life of Australia's rulers. Across the front pages is a photograph of a resolute Tony Abbott with indigenous children in Arnhem Land, in the remote north. "Domestic policy one day," says the caption, "focus on war the next." He continues to cut back on funding health care for the indigenous and ignore the need for a treaty guaranteeing rights and services most citizens take for granted.
Immigrant justice groups and human rights groups are demanding the Obama administration close a recently converted immigrant detention center in Karnes, Texas. The center incarcerates 530 children and families and is owned and operated by the private prison corporation GEO Group. The call to close the Karnes detention center comes amid plans for a new immigrant-family detention center.