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U.N. Study: Forecast Is Grim for Climate Change

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Posted on Nov 23, 2010
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Last year’s Copenhagen climate summit was a bit of a bust, so much is riding on next week’s global huddle in Mexico in terms of, you know, the future of our planet and other minor considerations. But a new study by UNEP, or the United Nations Environment Program, doesn’t offer much hope that even the combined force of those countries ready and willing to tackle climate change can stage a successful intervention in time to ward off disaster. Meanwhile, delegates will have a nice, warm time in Cancun.  —KA

The Independent:

The world is now firmly on the path for dangerous climate change in the coming century, a major new assessment reveals today on the eve of the forthcoming UN climate conference which opens next week in Mexico.

All the pledges of the nations which have agreed to cut or limit their emissions of greenhouse gases, when added together, still leave the world far short of what is needed to halt the coming rise in global average temperatures to 2C, generally regarded as the danger threshold, according to the study from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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By G.Anderson, November 25, 2010 at 1:39 pm Link to this comment

The hour is late…and the future of this world drows dimmer by each moment…

The ecosystem is in collapse…the bees are dying off, the bats are dying off, the coral is dying off..

and the corporations continue to pollute this planet and every living thing with herbacides, genetically altered food, toxic drugs…

But the most toxic thing, and the most dangerous of all for mankind is the toxic thinking. The toxic self serving ideation of the plutocracy…

They have spent billions in suicidal propaganda, to discredit, and disable those that would trace the poison back to the source, to hide their culpability, for the suffering of billions of people..through cancer, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and war…

All of this, made possible by the delusions they peddle along with their poison.  Mankinds undoing will be its propensity for self deception.

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By aacme88, November 24, 2010 at 1:03 am Link to this comment

I don’t understand the insurance industry’s position on this, which as far as I’ve heard seems to be to stand shoulder to shoulder with it’s corporate colleagues in abject denial, not seeming to understand that its sister industries in the energy field, and Big Biz in general as represented by such as the Chamber of Commerce, are the financial backers of an anti-Climate Change Big Lie that will end up swamping the insurers to gain a few more years of dominance for the 19th and 20th century energy kings.
A case of the vital sunk by the moribund. Oh, not to mention the rest of us.

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By samosamo, November 24, 2010 at 12:17 am Link to this comment

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The biggest case in point it that never have
7,000,000,000 people had to face what is actually
another ice age cycle. It will be grim. Trying to
change climate is as useful as trying to make it
stop raining.

But to hope, a big ass false hope, that human
ingenuity will ‘save’ that many people is wasting
time and money. The only hope is that maybe
global warming will not allow ice sheets build up
but that could lead to possibly bigger and more
intense storms. Some people will live through it
but even those who think their wealth will see
them through, well, we’ll see what we shall see,
or at least anyone living through it.

Beside the fact of attention deficit disorders in
humans, this move into a change in climate will
take more than just a few years of big storms and
adjusting sea levels.

But this is just more fear and terror mongering
about something that will not really manifest
itself in the blink of the short attention span of
humans.

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By ejreed, November 23, 2010 at 9:42 pm Link to this comment

Case in Point Greenland and the rising ocean.
Tracking Greenland’s Glaciers  
A team of scientists traveled to Greenland to track the island’s glaciers, whose flow and melt rate have sped up recently and are losing ice mass. This could lead to rising sea levels, and scientists say this must be studied for coastal planning policy. http://www.newslook.com/videos/267011-tracking-greenland-s-glaciers?autoplay=true

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