Second Report on Climate Chanage Released

The second of four reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was released yesterday, with many scientists complaining that the findings were watered down by politicians.

“The science got hijacked by the political bureaucrats at the late stage of the game,” said John Walsh, of the University of Alaska Fairbanks who helped write a chapter on the polar regions. The San Francisco Sentinel posted a detailed summary of the findings of the report. The San Francisco Chronicle provides this briefer summary:

As global temperatures continue to climb, every continent in the world is vulnerable to severe shifts in weather patterns and rising sea levels that could lead to drought, food shortages, heat waves and disease, according to a report adopted Friday by an international body of scientists.

“No one of us will escape the impacts of climate change,” said Patricia Romero Lankao, a scientist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, speaking from Brussels, where the U.N.-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is meeting.

Four decades of research from scientists around the world shows that the poorest societies in the arid regions of the world — the areas that have contributed the least to greenhouse gas emissions — are likely to be hardest hit. They lack the means to deal with water shortages from droughts and other natural disasters, she said.

But the wealthiest nations won’t be spared. People in cities will suffer from heat waves, flooding and other catastrophes brought about by disruption in climate patterns, said Romero Lankao, who contributed to the report.

The severity of the effects depends on how well nations control carbon dioxide and other gases being released to the atmosphere through the burning of coal, oil and natural gas and the clearing of forests…

The report recommends that nations adopt mitigation measures such as building sea walls and irrigation systems to deal with the unavoidable effects of global warming that are already happening. Nations should try to control global warming by controlling emissions through energy efficiency and green power, it said.

Continued in Hysteria and Anti-Science In Conservative Attacks on Climate Change

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    daveinboca says:

    The current hysteria on Climate “Chanage [sic]” is a symptom of displacement, a psychological mechanism that allows one to ignore real threats like Islamic terrorism, in order to focus on imaginary phantasms like Anthropogenic Global Warming. Part of the left’s denial of reality, a symptom of a larger mass psychosis infecting much of the American electorate. The dementia of leftardo brain-death is evidently an epidemic in the MSM.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    It’s the right which is distracted from the real threats, including both from terrorism and climate change. Climate change represents the consensus of scientific thought. Regarding terrorism:

    It was the Republicans which blocked Clinton’s attempts to go after al Qaeda.

    It was the Bush administration which ignored the recommendations passed down by the Clinton administration to deal with al Qaeda.

    It was Bush who ignored the pre 9/11 warnings of an attack.

    It was Bush who left the job in Afghanistan unfinished and then went and attacked the wrong country.

    It was Bush’s poor planning which allowed bin Laden to escape at Tora Bora.

    It’s been Democrats who have advocated real measures to improve homeland security, while the Republicans have opposed them.

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