UN issues more warnings on climate change…will the US listen?

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a new report concluding that climate change is already having a big impact on agriculture, human health, and water supplies, and are warning that these effects will get more severe over time.  The IPCC warns that governments and businesses need to take action immediately against these growing risks, though I fear that even the business-friendly GOP will be more focused on short term profits and gains than long term sustainability.

This is a follow-up to a report last year saying humans are to blame for global warming.  You can read more at the New York Times.

What to expect from our changing climate

The scientific consensus is clear – humans are responsible for global warming.  The political consensus is likewise clear – we’re not going to do what it takes to avoid significant climate change.  So, we must face the reality of this world we’re creating.  What can we expect?  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has a report summarizing what our children will have to deal with as they grow up.  Things such as stronger storms, hotter and longer heat waves, higher temperatures, and more precipitation.

It’s a shame that we can see this happening around us and see where our current path will lead, yet lack the willpower to alter this course.  It will be up to the scientists and engineers to help our society adapt to this changing climate.


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