Climate Change Is Now, Threatens Food, Coastlines, Soaring Costs

Climate Change Is Now, Threatens Food, Coastlines, Soaring Costs says IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the largest reputable global body of climate scientists, report Tim McDonnell, Jeremy Schulman, and James West at the Climate Desk. What you need to know:

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Via the University of East Anglia Climate Change webpage

1. Climate Change Impacts Are Now Global

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2. Heat Waves, Fires, And Droughts Are Major US Threats
3. Food Prices Will Soar as sources become unpredictable and population booms – expect conflicts

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An Alaskan house falls into the sea, victim of coastal storm erosion. Credit Tony Weylouanna.

4. Coastal Communities Will Flood And Erode
5. Climate Refugees Will Increase, possibly conflicts, too
6. Human Health Will Suffer

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How do you adapt to ever worsening extreme weather?

7. Adapting To Climate Change Will Cost More Than We Have judging from the present.

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8. We Can Reduce Climate Change Through Cutting Carbon/Greenhouse Gas Emissions, mostly through not burning fossil fuels. WE CAN SAVE ENORMOUS AMOUNTS OF MONEY by developing clean energy sources ASAP.

Finally, this report represents a conservative consensus developed over years. Thus, the track record of past IPCC reports shows that they typically underestimate the magnitude and speed of developing threats. Yeah – the threats and costs are worse than portrayed.

Relevant headlines:

OOOO UN, EJF Reports: Warming Worsens Security Woes

OO Obama, EU Leaders: Sustainable Economic Growth Impossible Without Climate Action

OO Climate Change ‘Already Affecting Food Supply’ – IPCC

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Source: wikipedia.

OO Bees, Pollinated Crops, At Risk From Climate Change

OO Big Climate Danger Could Arrive As Soon As 2036

OO UN Climate Science Report Will Highlight ‘Limits To Adaptation’

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US Samoa. Credit Acepharma at Wikimedia Commons.

OO Hundreds Of Pacific Islands Wiped Out By 1m Sea Level Rise – IPCC

OO Climate Change Will Hike Air Pollution Deaths Says UN Study

OO World Unprepared For Climate Damage To Food Security 

 

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For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/index.php?author=mary-ellen-harte

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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