Monday, 22 September 2014 / TRUTH-OUT.ORG
  • UN Report: Human-Caused Climate Disruption Is "Severe, Pervasive, Irreversible"

    By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

    (Image: <a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-174273341/stock-photo-earth-in-hourglass-conceptual-image-destruction-of-the-world-d.html?src=pp-same_artist-173225270-aHY0ivyCo2-_aLnYmkkaxA-2" target="_blank">Earth in hourglass</a> via Shutterstock)(Image: Earth in hourglass via Shutterstock)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.

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  • Imagining Our Dark and Stormy Future: Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything"

    Imagining Our Dark and Stormy Future: Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything"

    By Emily Johnston, Truthout | Book Review

    If Naomi Klein did not exist, we would have to invent her. With her new book on climate change, This Changes Everything, she lays out a nearly bullet-proof argument, not only about what we have to do to save ourselves, but also - perhaps more essentially - about why it's reasonable to believe that we might in fact do these things. If you avoid reading about climate change, read this book.

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  • The Mysteries of Inequality Are Only Mysterious to Elites

    The Mysteries of Inequality Are Only Mysterious to Elites

    By Dean Baker, Truthout | Op-Ed

    Developing explanations for the growth in inequality over the last three decades has been a huge growth industry in economics and policy circles. Many economists have made their careers with a novel explanation of how the natural development of technology and the market has concentrated income and wealth in the top 1 percent. It’s even better if you can show that inequality hasn't risen.

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