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  •  Just the other day.... (7+ / 0-)

    the World Bank released a 100+ page report warning of the consequences of even a 4 degree Cecilius rise in the world's temperature...

    Turn Down The Heat

    Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank states in the forward....

    It is my hope that this report shocks us into action. Even for those of us already committed to fighting climate change, I hope it causes us to work with much more urgency.

    This report spells out what the world would be like if it warmed by 4 degrees Celsius, which is what scientists are nearly unanimously predicting by the end of the century, without serious policy changes.

    The 4°C scenarios are devastating: the inundation of coastal cities; increasing risks for food production potentially leading to higher malnutrition rates; many dry regions becoming dryer, wet regions wetter; unprecedented heat waves in many regions, especially in the tropics; substantially exacerbated water scarcity in many regions; increased frequency of high-intensity tropical cyclones; and irreversible loss of biodiversity, including coral reef systems.

    And most importantly, a 4°C world is so different from the current one that it comes with high uncertainty and new risks that threaten our ability to anticipate and plan for future adaptation needs. The lack of action on climate change not only risks putting prosperity out of reach of millions of people in the developing world, it threatens to roll back decades of sustainable development.

    I am no fan of the World Bank. But, that they have come down on the side of science and state flatly that Humankind HAS contributed/caused this damage to our Earth ~should~ wake up people like Ihofe, who surely wouldn't like it if it effects their wallets.

    I am not going to hold my breath though. Stupid is as stupid does...   :-(

    "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." ~ Edward Abbey

    by SaraBeth on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 03:13:09 AM PST

    •  What the World Bank says is just lip service, (2+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, Bronx59

      unless they stop funding coal-burning power plants.  Until then I'm taking their pronouncements with a grain of salt.  

      Renewable energy brings national global security.     

      by Calamity Jean on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 06:07:39 AM PST

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