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2014-11-02. U.N. Panel Issues Its Starkest Warning Yet on Global Warming.

posted Nov 3, 2014, 12:12 PM by Alan Gould   [ updated Nov 7, 2014, 4:40 PM by Angela Miller ]
For GSS Climate Change chapter 9. Excerpts: ... The gathering risks of climate change are so profound that they could stall or even reverse generations of progress against poverty and hunger if greenhouse emissions continue at a runaway pace, according to a major new United Nations report. Despite growing efforts in many countries to tackle the problem, the global situation is becoming more acute as developing countries join the West in burning huge amounts of fossil fuels, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said here on Sunday. Failure to reduce emissions, the group of scientists and other experts found, could threaten society with food shortages, refugee crises, the flooding of major cities and entire island nations, mass extinction of plants and animals, and a climate so drastically altered it might become dangerous for people to work or play outside during the hottest times of the year. ...In the starkest language it has ever used, the expert panel made clear how far society remains from having any serious policy to limit global warming. ... would require leaving the vast majority of the world’s reserves of fossil fuels in the ground or, alternatively, developing methods to capture and bury the emissions resulting from their use, the group said. ...The new report comes just a month before international delegates convene in Lima, Peru, to devise a new global agreement to limit emissions, and it makes clear the urgency of their task.... Justin Gillis, The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/03/world/europe/global-warming-un-intergovernmental-panel-on-climate-change.html. The actual IPCC Fifth Assessment Synthesis Report is at http://ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar5/syr/SYR_AR5_LONGERREPORT.pdf