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Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:05 AM

Now no one can deny that the world is getting warmer


Now no one can deny that the world is getting warmer
Last week's report by America's National Climate Assessment reveals the full horror of what's happening to our planet

Editorial
The Observer, Saturday 12 January 2013


The draft version of the US National Climate Assessment, released on Friday, makes remarkable reading not just for Americans but for all humanity. Put together by a special panel of more than 240 scientists, the federally commissioned report reveals that the US is already reeling under the impact of global warming. Heatwaves, droughts, floods, intense downpours, rising sea levels and melting glaciers are now causing widespread havoc and are having an impact on a wide range of fronts including health services, infrastructure, water supply, agriculture, transport and flood defences.

Nor is there any doubt about the cause of these rising temperatures. "It is due primarily to human activities, predominantly the burning of fossil fuel," the report states. As carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere soar, temperatures rise and chaos ensues. Air pollution intensifies, wildfires increase, insect-borne diseases spread, confrontations over water rights become more violent and storm surges rise. This is the near future for America and for the rest of the world. Earth is set to become a hotter, drier, unhealthier, more uncomfortable, dangerous and more disaster-prone place in coming years.

The language used in this exhaustive, carefully researched investigation is also worthy of comment. It includes the word "threat" or variations 198 times and versions of the word "disrupt" another 120 times. After poring over the 1,146 pages of the assessment, readers will be under no illusions about what is happening to our planet. The robustness of its rhetoric is especially striking because it contrasts so noticeably with the debate or to be precise, lack of debate on climate change that occurred during last year's presidential campaigning.

Neither President Obama nor his opponent, Mitt Romney, made more than a cursory mention of the issue, despite the fact that it now affects just about every aspect of existence on our planet today. As the assessment makes clear, global warming is not just about polar bears. It is about the lives of people today and about those of future generations. .................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/13/no-one-can-deny-global-warming



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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:30 AM

1. Unless..

 

You're a crazy ass Republican--where denial flows like shit, through a horse.

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Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:48 AM

2. Oh, I think there are a lot of people who can still deny it

And if you turn on your TV this morning you will probably hear some of them.

Turn on Fox news(?) any day and you will hear a lo of people denying it. Particularly after a big snow storm in New York City.

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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 04:45 AM

3. Wanna bet?

 

Where big money, self interest, and ignorance collide, much can be done...

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