Climate Change Alarm Sounded Again

climate changeA report issued today by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) carries a stark warning about the threat from rising global temperatures. The Association’s report again sounds an alarm about the dire consequences that can be expected to follow from climate change, a phenomenon being fueled by human activity.

This report is the latest in a number of climate change reports issued by various scientific bodies. The AAAS report called What We Know contains no new data, but the 18-pages are more concise and to-the-point than earlier scientific reports.

The report states that evidence for rising greenhouse gas levels is “overwhelming” and will lead to a number of environmental problems. Heat waves, more droughts and stronger storms will result. The ocean is acidifying as well.

What We Know communicates three main points. We can feel the effects of climate change now, the consequences of climate change will be dire and the window of opportunity to take decisive action is closing.

The AAAS is the largest scientific organization in the world, with over 120,000 members counting both scientists and science supporters. Molina headed the group responsible for producing What We Know. The Association plans to issue more simple explanations of the effects of climate change.

The report and the planned follow-up efforts are part of an AAAS campaign to persuade Americans to take climate change seriously.

The report cites an overwhelming consensus that climate change is occurring. According to “97 percent of climate scientists have concluded that human-caused climate change is happening.”

This certainty does not mean there is no room for debate. Some questions about climate change remain and continue to be studied.

The report lays out some of the potential consequences of climate change. The consequences of a warming planet are presented as possibilities, not certainties, as material to fuel discussion not as predictions. Food shortages, droughts, rising sea levels, extreme heat waves and mass extinctions of plants and animals were in the worst-case forecasts the report described.

Molina noted that the predictions convey a “very significant risk.” He further noted that “You don’t need 100 percent certainty for society to act.”  The AAAS report is not the only recent work that again sounds an alarm on climate change.

The AAAS report comes out at the same time a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) leaked ahead of its planned release later this month. The report states that hundreds of millions of people could be displaced by rising sea levels. Crop yields could decline as population grows.

Some scientists on Molina’s committee talk about dealing with climate change in terms of risk management. People buy homeowner’s insurance and may pay extra for a safe car, to cite two examples. Spending money to head off some of the worst effects of climate change would be like buying another form of insurance.

How much money should be spent on what is, in effect, climate change insurance? That is not a scientific question, and the report avoids making any specific recommendations. However, the report states that lowering emissions is the only way to reduce the risk.

A recent Gallup Poll suggests that Americans are getting the message about climate change. In a report published today, 57 percent of respondents said that global warming is due to human activity over the past 100 years. The same poll indicated that 84 percent of Americans feel they understand climate change “very well” or “fairly well.”

However, an earlier Gallup Poll on climate change, published on March 12, showed that global warming ranked next to last in a list of subjects Americans worry about.

Mario j. Molina won the 19995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his role in discovering the impact of chlorofluorocarbon (CFCs) on the ozone layer.

Climate change remains a subject that sounds an alarm for scientist, and should do so for the general public, based on information shared by the AAAS, Gallup and the IPCC.

By Chester Davis

Gallup

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New York Times

Sydney Morning Herald

 

26 Responses to "Climate Change Alarm Sounded Again"

  1. stefanthedenier   March 20, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    climate is in constant change; nobody can stop that = GLOBAL warming has being exclusively concocted for fleecing the Urban Sheep; http://globalwarmingdenier.wordpress.com/climate/

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  2. oldguyincolorado   March 20, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    interestingly, the current edition of Scientific American also says to the “deniers”: while there seems to be a temporary pause in the actual warming, the “models” all point to a “melt down” soon and we do not have that much time left on the clock.

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  3. vintel7   March 19, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Unfortunately, many Americans are too stupid and brainwashed to understand the dire impact of anthropogenic climate change. Just look at the comments of JeffC and the other low IQ ignoramus’s posted here. Like in the case of the birthers ( they both share the same mindset) you can produce a hard copy birth certificate attested to by the Attorney General of Hawaii and these idiots are so hardened by hatred and racism that they won’t accept the truth. These types choose a life of delusion and denial in order to satisfy their peevish little narcissistic egos.

    Yet the fact that the climate is indeed changing and that this is caused by humans is incontrovertible. Climate change is now an undeniable experiential reality and has already cost billions and billions in damage. It doesn’t take a scientist to understand that weather patterns have been changing rapidly. Droughts, severely diminished water tables like Lake Meade, severe storms, etc etc. The idiots, belonging to a lower and more primitive level of consciousness must maintain their lies as their whole ego and psyche is based on the lies that they inherited. There is no capacity for objective truth in these people. So unfortunately, they must be ignored.

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    • ShowMe   March 19, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Well that’s the best way to convinve people of your point ov view, insult them. Basically means you cannot argue a point with intelligence or your point has no validity.

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    • Bill   March 20, 2014 at 3:14 am

      I would have to agree that if you are going to be(rate) folks because of their iQ and call them names than that just might be an indication of your own IQ.
      It is exactly this type of non-scientific “debate” that most of us that have actually read the UN Climate Change documents and the non-government sponsored scientific (and peer reviewed) papers are concerned about.
      Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

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  4. mattrixman   March 19, 2014 at 9:13 am

    “Mario j. Molina won the 19995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry” you say, and we can’t even predict the weather a day in advance…

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  5. Ed   March 19, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Make only ONE person into this world and,in time,problem SOLVED!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. oldguyincolorado   March 19, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Perhaps the deniers should move to Mexico City, Shanghai (relax, it is all phonetic), Paris, etc. What man does really effects our planet, for good or bad. If smog, acid rain, polluted streams, the “city effect”, etc. bothers us, it certainly bothers our planet. Yes, I know that one really big volcano can do the same thing, but that we can’t control. Why do we insist on making things possibly worse when we have the capacity to stop doing much of that? There is the “other side ” of the argument, but why take the chance that they may be correct? If we are wrong than it wont really matter; but if we are correct… Better safe than sorry.

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  7. Phillippe Paradis   March 19, 2014 at 8:53 am

    It is a shame that this entire area of “science” became so politicized and the progressives so blatant in their exploitation of its potential for alarm to further their agenda that its credibility is now all but destroyed. THIS is what happens when the left gets greedy and arrogant with the power and influence they wield over our media and academia. There may actually be a “Wolf” but the countless examples of tainted studies and skewed results leaves us all in a terrible predicament. Alarms such as this article do nothing more than polarize. If there are no new facts to report, then don’t.

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    • RE   March 19, 2014 at 9:06 am

      The alarms sounded about climate change came from the world’s respected scientific institutions. It’s disingenuous to accuse those of us on the “left”. Consider why the deniers of climate change don’t have ONE respected scientific institution that agrees with them. Human-caused climate change and the nasty consequences are based on the best science available. Look to the fossil fuel industry for their profit motivated efforts to spread public doubt where no reasonable scientific doubt exists.

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  8. chris brown   March 19, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Allow me to refute a familiar misleading comment on the stability of climate. It is often stated that climate has always changed throughtout the ages. This is of course a truism but misleading. The changes that climate has gone through in the past have almost all been gradual and only occasionally have they been rapid responses to catastrophic events.

    What is unique about the forcing of climate change through CO2 output is that this is a man made catastrophe. Nothing .usual at all.

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  9. JeffC   March 19, 2014 at 8:34 am

    BS……….Climate alarmists have been exposed. Fabrications designed to suck up money nobody has. Now the focus for paying for it is pitching it as “like buying insurance” (ie taxes or carbon credit scams)

    Yawn……………

    “global warming ranked next to last in a list of subjects Americans worry about”
    “persuade Americans to take climate change seriously”
    “a phenomenon being fueled by human activity”
    “window of opportunity to take decisive action is closing” (please!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
    “97 percent of climate scientists have concluded that human-caused climate change is happening” (97% of people who are paid to propagate this myth and generate income)
    “You don’t need 100 percent certainty for society to act.” (panic/fear mongering)
    Spending money to head off some of the worst effects of climate change would be like buying another form of insurance. (drumroll…………….taxes & credits please!)

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  10. Benjamin Lloyd   March 19, 2014 at 8:31 am

    The climate on earth has changed since the earth was created. Man will never be able to control it. I question just how much man has changed it compared to the natural process.

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    • chris brown   March 19, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Refuted above.

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  11. jimgo   March 19, 2014 at 8:24 am

    And there is MONEY in climate warming. Funded scientists….Enviro-websites where you can donate your money to the lawyers working for these bozos. Follow the money trail.

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    • Etienne Coffinier   March 19, 2014 at 9:01 am

      There is even more money in denying man made climate change.

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  12. Jim   March 19, 2014 at 8:20 am

    It might be more relevant if global temps were actually rising but the aren’t. They have been flat with no statistical upward trend since 1998. Prior to that they were flat from 1970 to 1997. There was a single spike due to El Nino in ’97-’98. At least so says NASA’s satellite data. It might also be helpfull if any of the more than 90 climate models used to predict global warming had actually been right over the last two decades but not a single one has been. Given the actual numbers, I find it hard to get terribly worked up.

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  13. Greg   March 19, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Buury yor head in the sand, Soon the rest of the plant will resemble your current vantage point.your

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  14. David Cornfeld   March 19, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Yet one more example of a poorly edited news piece where typos are more obvious than the content of the news material.

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  15. Vince Clancy   March 19, 2014 at 7:41 am

    The same poll indicated that 84 percent of Americans feel they understand climate change “very well” or “fairly well.”

    Now! Does anyone find this hard to believe? Definitely did not interview anyone other than someone who voted for the big O!

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  16. Vince Clancy   March 19, 2014 at 7:39 am

    “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” – C. Little

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  17. bsmithers@aol.com   March 19, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Fear bases pseudo science. Conspiracy by liberals to line their own pockets with money.

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  18. George Jepson   March 19, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Climate change is here and it’s real.

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  19. Wiseone   March 19, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Bill has yawned. Quick, everybody, cancel the program.

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  20. Independant   March 19, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Man-made BS

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  21. Bill   March 19, 2014 at 7:05 am

    YAWN

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