Sunday, February 4, 2007

U.N. climate panel says warming is man-made

U.N. climate panel says warming is man-made is about the most dire of all possible climate change and global warming warnings. ..."The world's top climate scientists said on Friday global warming was man-made, spurring calls for urgent government action to prevent severe and irreversible damage from rising temperatures."...

The report comes from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). They publish a series of assessments on various subjects. Their 2001 estimate of global warming deemed it 66 percent likely to be human-caused (hey, Mr. Bush, isn't that a pretty strong indicator?) and the current study deems it 90 percent likely.

We've wrecked the weather, Stern says "SIR Nicholas Stern, author of a major report on the economic impact of global warming, says the latest review of the scientific evidence by United Nations' experts has demolished the chief argument of so-called climate skeptics."

Science Panel Calls Global Warming ‘Unequivocal’ "They said the world was in for centuries of climbing temperatures, rising seas and shifting weather patterns — unavoidable results of the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere....Feb. 2 will be remembered as the date when uncertainty was removed as to whether humans had anything to do with climate change on this planet...the warming has set in motion a rise in global sea levels, the report says. It forecasts a rise of 7 to 23 inches by 2100 and concludes that seas will continue to rise for at least 1,000 years to come. By comparison, seas rose about 6 to 9 inches in the 20th century...."

Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis (Summary for Policymakers)

Even Before Its Release, World Climate Report Is Criticized as Too Optimistic Apparently many feel the report doesn't go far enough or state the case strongly enough. As if 90% is not too strong?

Democrats: Climate Report Is Smoking Gun appears in Forbes Magazine and tries to cast this report as a political problem rather than a scientific one. I have news for the Republicans, no election can turn back environmental change. The laws of nature trump the laws of man.

Humans blamed for climate change

Greenpeace Analysis of the IPCC Climate Change Confirmed: Now Take Action before It’s Too Late

Climate change: In graphics

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