Tuesday, 23 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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