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environmentalist Donating Member (156 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-16-07 11:41 PM
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U.N. Climate Panel Warns of 'Abrupt' Warming
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will issue a report this weekend that warns of "abrupt and irreversible" impacts unless world leaders address climate change this year.

In its strongest statement to date, the panel warns of a potential temperature rise up to 6.4C, sea level rise up to 43cm, Arctic summer ice to disappear within the second half of this century, and an increase to the increase we're already seeing in heat waves and tropical storm intensity.

More (with embedded links) here.



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greenman3610 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 12:11 AM
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1. This is already too conservative
with last summer's collapse of the ice cap,
the feedback effects are already in play to move
things along much faster
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daninthemoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 12:18 AM
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2. I'm very much afraid you are right. things are looking far worse
than anyone suspected. All our other problems may soon be nothing.
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 06:51 AM
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5. But, but...who could have foreseen that this would happen?
:rofl:
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Theduckno2 Donating Member (905 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 12:27 AM
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3. I feel better now that The Decider has moved to end the "epidemic" of flight delays.
:sarcasm:

Is it me or doesn't it seem that Bush is just trying to do anything to look Presidential these days?

Off to the Greatest Page......
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Dirty Hippie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 07:03 AM
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6. Yea, What the hell was that?
I heard his "speech" on NPR and wondered how in the hell someone decided this "issue" demanded immediate attention.

If I were a fly on the wall ...
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undergroundpanther Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 02:25 AM
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4. And the methane clouds
Don't forget the deep pockets of methane bubbling up from the ocean floor now just speeds this warming up more.
http://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/news/20011210 /
http://www.gasandoil.com/goc/features/fex34681.htm
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/science/20040616-999...
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:08 AM
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7. 43cm sea level rise? Boy, I want some of what they've been smoking.
My guess is 20-40 FEET within 100 years.

Because THIS is what's happening:

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