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Climate Change To Drive Weather Disasters, Say UN Experts 572

Posted by Soulskill
from the things-people-will-get-mad-about dept.
mdsolar writes "Climate change is amplifying risks from drought, floods, storms and rising seas, threatening all countries, but small island states, poor nations and arid regions in particular, UN experts warned on Tuesday. In its first-ever report on the question, the Nobel-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said man-made global-warming gases are already affecting some types of extreme weather. And, despite gaps in knowledge, weather events once deemed a freak are likely to become more frequent or more vicious, inflicting a potentially high toll in deaths, economic damage and misery, it said."
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Climate Change To Drive Weather Disasters, Say UN Experts

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  • by na1led (1030470) on Friday March 30, 2012 @08:58AM (#39521521)
    There is 7 BILLION people on this planet, and nearly 1/3 of the forest has been cut down in the last century. With all the polution humans cause, and millions roads that we built, how can anyone dispute our involvement in climate change?
    • by Black Parrot (19622) on Friday March 30, 2012 @09:02AM (#39521551)

      There is 7 BILLION people on this planet, and nearly 1/3 of the forest has been cut down in the last century. With all the polution humans cause, and millions roads that we built, how can anyone dispute our involvement in climate change?

      The same way a certain kind of person disputes any other fact that has implications they don't like.

      Or that their leaders don't like, and tell them that they shouldn't like either.

      • by Klync (152475)

        You didn't say exactly how, so I'm going to guess that you were talking about one part FUD, with one part rewarding ignorance.

      • by _Sharp'r_ (649297)

        ... nearly 1/3 of the forest has been cut down in the last century.

        There are more trees in the world now than there were a century ago.

        People are likely skeptical because they notice exaggerated claims of doom and destruction that don't match reality and wonder why the solution to every problem seems to involve world socialism without any rational explanations given for the connection.

        Give me a rational explanation of the expected benefits and costs of global warming over time with estimates costs for taking various actions now versus later (using a reasonable time and we

    • by Programmer_In_Traini (566499) on Friday March 30, 2012 @09:28AM (#39521817)

      I agree, but to play devil's advocate i would reply:

      in pretty much the same way people can actually defend creationism vs evolution. in spite of all the scientifical artifacts, findings and proofs pointing toward one direction.

      men will find deeply defend what they think must be true, despite all evidences.

      • by jc42 (318812) on Friday March 30, 2012 @12:29PM (#39523931) Homepage Journal

        men will find deeply defend what they think must be true, despite all evidences.

        Upton Sinclair put it in a rather elegant manner:

        It's difficult to get a man to understand something when his income depends on not understanding it.

        It has become fairly clear from the evidence that the climate change is being strongly pushed by human economic (industrial and agricultural) activity. A small population of people have a strong financial interest in continuing the current practices. We have lots of history saying that in such situations, the people profiting from an activity will prevent change until the disaster actually occurs. Then they'll take their riches and move on, leaving the disaster for the rest of the population to deal with.

        Something that has been missed in most of the "discussions": The fact that human activity is forcing these changes means that humans now have the ability with our technology to control our climate, at least on a coarse world-wide level. We have the technical ability to shove the climate in whatever direction we prefer. But we aren't doing this. We're still leaving our major institutions in the hands of people who are personally profiting from the current climate pushing. Whatever direction this might be is less important than the fact that continuing is leading to problems that we are now capable of preventing. We just need the social and political will to do so.

    • by rubycodez (864176)
      those things mostly just affect local weather. take your meds and settle down.
    • 7 billion people....did you know there are estimated to be 40,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 nematode sea worms? Assuming an average weight of 10ng (they can range in size from 4ng to 3400ng), that's at minimum 400 billion kilos of sea nematodes. And yet they're pretty much invisible to the 7 billion people living on earth. From space, aside from the Great Wall of China, humans are pretty much invisible on this planet (unless you look at night). Despite the millions of roads we've built, the only thing
  • by zerosomething (1353609) on Friday March 30, 2012 @09:02AM (#39521563) Homepage
    You can find studies that show more hurricanes, less hurricanes, more sever hurricanes all due to global warming. It's getting old attributing every possible outcome to Advance Global Warming. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/07/070730-hurricane-warming.html [nationalgeographic.com] http://www.science20.com/news/global_warming_may_mean_fewer_hurricanes [science20.com] http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2009/0109-global_warming_causes_severe_storms.htm [sciencedaily.com]
  • They've been perpetuating disasters since 1945!
  • There is now consensus that it sucks to be poor, to live on small island states and arid regions.

    Some change should become take place when richer countries start getting hit more regularly.

  • If and when the next natural disaster happens, how will we know if it is spawned by climate change, or if it is something that would have happened anyway? How do meteorologists make that determination? I seriously would like to know.

  • by Arancaytar (966377) <arancaytar.ilyaran@gmail.com> on Friday March 30, 2012 @10:33AM (#39522549) Homepage

    but small island states, poor nations and arid regions

    Tough luck; politicians in the largest superpower, which is neither a small island, poor nor arid, have determined through extensive consulting of industry lobbyists and religious leaders that global warming does not exist.

  • by AdrianKemp (1988748) on Friday March 30, 2012 @10:36AM (#39522579)

    I'm still pretty skeptical about AGW (though not global warming itself, the temperature records unquestionably and unsurprisingly show a warming trend).

    But here's the thing: it doesn't fucking matter.

    We are spewing toxins into the atmosphere at an alarming rate. Air advisories are more common by the year and I can barely stand being in big cities for an hour before the saturated odor of pollution gets to me (no not physically, I'm not a whiner about such things... it just... gets to me... I want away from it).

    So why the fuck are we even discussing this in light of what might possibly happen if the data isn't as bogus as it seems at times and the models that have never been right might possibly be right this time?

    All of the same things that allegedly contribute to AGW are polluting the air and water in real, tangible, short term ways. How about we focus on that right now and keep an eye on the still unanswered question of exactly what it means to the climate.

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