Photo: Smoke rises from a chemical company's stacks in Hamilton, approximately 50 km (31 miles) south of Toronto, February 1, 2007. Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper moved yesterday to mend his government's frayed international reputation on climate change by dispatching his Environment Minister to Paris for a key conference and promising to join an emergency UN summit on the issue. [Reuters] MSNBC: 90% certainty on warming
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Official Report: Global Warming Man-Made, Will Continue
Feb 02, 2007
"Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global mean sea level," the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says.
The much-discussed report is now public, 21 pages downloadable in PDF.
For a summary of the report, USA TODAY currently has a number of information graphics and a roundup story from the Associated Press. See all of those pieces here.
Reports the AP: "The words of warning about global warming from the top panel of international scientists Friday were purposely blunt: 'warming of the climate system is unequivocal,' the cause is 'very likely' man-made, and 'would continue for centuries.' "
As On Deadline noted earlier today, coverage is widespread, and many of the stories dive into different angles surrounding the word choices in the report.
BBC News: "The report, produced by a team tasked with assessing the science of climate change, was intended to be the definitive summary of climatic shifts facing the world in the coming years. The agency said that it would use stronger language to assess humanity's influence on climatic change than it had previously done."
Reuters: "The United Nations panel, which groups 2,500 scientists from more than 130 nations, predicted more droughts, heatwaves, rains and a slow gain in sea levels that could last for more than 1,000 years. ... That is a toughening from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) last report in 2001, which judged a link as 'likely,' or 66 percent probable."
Los Angeles Times, about the "likely" description: "Many scientists had argued during the editing process that the report should say it is 'virtually certain' that human activities are causing global warming. That would indicate a 99% certainty. But the change was strongly resisted by China, among other nations, because of its reliance on fossil fuels to help build its economy."
The Associated Press, in a separate reaction piece: "It was a U.S. government scientist who helped push through the strong language in the upcoming international report on global warming. But that doesn't signal a change in President Bush's policy about greenhouse gas emissions."
Posted by Patrick Cooper at 07:50 AM/ET, February 02, 2007 in Weather Permalink
From the Editor's Desk at Skywatch-Media
Feb 02, 2007
The evidence is both compelling and overwhelming that Global Warming and Climate Change are affecting the Earth in ways never witnessed by the human race. The report just released by the policy makers is alarming and shocking in that it warns of a world that will be unrecognizable in a very short time frame, and which will affect all of civilization, not to mention the next generation.
Leading scientists from across the globe are convinced that greenhouse gas emissions have risen to such extreme levels that even if countries were to impose restrictions, the results would continue to be catastrophic for hundreds if not thousands of years into the future.
The report is not new in that climate scientists have been warning governments and industry for decades that unless action was taken soon, that we would face dire consequences with our climate. Severe global weather would then lead to mass migration from coastal areas due to rising seas, severe drought which would lead to water shortages and crop failure. Famine and pestilence would proceed, leading to plagues and disease on a scale never seen in modern times.
This is what we face due to negligence and lack of concern among the nations and peoples of the world. This is not fear-mongering or scare tactics by conspiracy theorists, environmental advocates or global warming zealots (A term used by skeptics to define proponants of global warming). These are actual facts and events unfolding before our very eyes. One would have to have blinders on in order to dispute the truth.
What is occuring across the globe is not some natural, cyclical event spured by the El-Nino phenomena, as some climologists and meteorologists would have you believe. Current weather events cannot be properly explained by the "experts", because they are occuring with obvious consistency and severity never experienced in years past.
There is also the notion by other weather observers, that our active Sun is to blame for the strange and peculiar climate patterns across the globe as well as many earth changes now happening. This notion cannot be proven for the simple fact that if it were true, such devastating earth events would be occuring on a rather consistent and extreme basis, but there is no evidence that these extremes occur every few years in the annals of recorded history.
With each and every new weather event, the evidence is mounting in support of the leading scientists and away from the naysayers and skeptics, who quite frankly have no foundation in which to support their "Alice in Wonderland," claims that Global Warming is a hoax perpetrated by Alarmists and conspiracy theorists. Their Rebuttal is dead in it's tracks.
Adapting to the damaging effects of climate change, plants are gradually moving to where temperatures are cooler, rainfall is greater, f...