Leaks of the new IPCC report indicate that an international panel of scientists say there is near certainty that global warming is human driven, and its impacts are speeding up, reports Joe Romm at Climate Progress. They warn that sea levels could conceivably rise by more than three feet by the end of the century if emissions continue at a runaway pace, notes Justin Gillis at the New York Times. The scientists, he adds, largely dismiss a recent slowdown in the pace of warming, which is often cited by climate change doubters, attributing it most likely to short-term factors. The report emphasizes that the basic facts about future climate change are more established than ever, justifying the rise in global concern. It also reiterates that the consequences of escalating emissions are likely to be profound. Unless emissions are reduced dramatically, the likely heating with current runaway emissions will massively disrupt plants, animals, agriculture – and thus, us. Carbon emissions are a crime against our descendents.
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