If you haven’t heard of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the report released in February, then follow the link here to the Washington Post article. Here’s an excerpt:
“An international panel of climate scientists said yesterday that there is an overwhelming probability that human activities are warming the planet at a dangerous rate, with consequences that could soon take decades or centuries to reverse.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, made up of hundreds of scientists from 113 countries, said that based on new research over the last six years, it is 90 percent certain that human-generated greenhouse gases account for most of the global rise in temperatures over the past half-century.
Declaring that “warming of the climate system is unequivocal,” the authors said in their “Summary for Policymakers” that even in the best-case scenario, temperatures are on track to cross a threshold to an unsustainable level. A rise of more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels would cause global effects — such as massive species extinctions and melting of ice sheets — that could be irreversible within a human lifetime. Under the most conservative IPCC scenario, the increase will be 4.5 degrees by 2100.”
Bottom line – the debate on “if” we are causing global climate change is over. Now the bigger challenge – what will we do about it? The good news, many people, many scientists, many governments and many corporations are now treating it as a real issue.
The first step on the road to recovery — admitting you have a problem!