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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:41 PM

Scientists Tell Senate Panel: Climate Change Is Here and Disaster Costs Will Be Huge

Climate scientists who appeared Wednesday morning before a Senate committee hearing on climate change and extreme weather impacts had stark warnings for the lawmakers: climate change is here, climate change is man-made, and climate change is going to cost us big time.

Dr. James McCarthy, professor at Harvard University and lead author of several climate impact studies by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other international papers, told the committee that there is "widespread agreement among specialists who devote their careers" to monitoring key indicators of global warming.

He acknowledged that, of course, climates fluctuate on a yearly basis, but that the mounting evidence of a warming world was changing the baseline of those fluctuations.

"In the future," he said, as greenhouse gases continue to increase, natural events like El Nino cycles, "Will wreak even more havoc as they break old records for warm and wet conditions across much of the globe, because they will be occurring upon a higher baseline of warming."

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/08/01-4

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Playinghardball Aug 2012 OP
2on2u Aug 2012 #1
nanabugg Aug 2012 #2
n2doc Aug 2012 #3
HooptieWagon Aug 2012 #4
yawnmaster Aug 2012 #5
haele Aug 2012 #6
Viking12 Aug 2012 #7
Motown_Johnny Aug 2012 #8
spanone Aug 2012 #9
DCKit Aug 2012 #10

Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:43 PM

1. Oh great, I can't wait until all of our homeowners insurance premiums go up x10.

 

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:45 PM

2. What should be done to punish the deniers? nt

 

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Response to nanabugg (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:51 PM

3. I think Mother Nature Will do a pretty good job of that

Unfortunately, she doesn't discriminate betWeen humans.

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Response to nanabugg (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:52 PM

4. Article says its going to cost a lot...

... so I don't have a problem with going down the voter rolls and sending a bill to everyone with an (R) beside their name.

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Response to nanabugg (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:00 PM

5. really? well how about burning at the stake - it's been done before...

although perhaps stoning is more carbon neutral.

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Response to nanabugg (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:00 PM

6. Just ask them to do most of the clean-up.

With their wallets if they're unwilling to provide physical help.
Let's see, we have drought and we'll also lose half of Florada and other low-lying coastland, so we'll have a serious amount of climate refugees. The Dust Bowl migration will be pleasant memory compaired to what we probably will be seeing within the next ten to twenty years.

They're going to be paying. Unfortunatly, so will those of us who didn't deny Climate Change.

Haele

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 08:15 PM

8. K&R

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 08:17 PM

9. did the senate republicans laugh?

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Response to spanone (Reply #9)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 02:12 PM

10. Doubtful, but you can be sure they divested their shares in insurance companies. nt

 

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