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Wed Oct 2, 2013, 10:21 AM

Forget Climate Change, We Must Prepare for a Catastrophic Climate Breakdown

Already, a thousand blogs and columns insist the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's new report is a rabid concoction of scare stories whose purpose is to destroy the global economy. But it is, in reality, highly conservative.

Reaching agreement among hundreds of authors and reviewers ensures that only the statements which are hardest to dispute are allowed to pass. Even when the scientists have agreed, the report must be tempered in another forge, as politicians question anything they find disagreeable: the new report received 1,855 comments from 32 governments, and the arguments raged through the night before launch.

In other words, it's perhaps the biggest and most rigorous process of peer review conducted in any scientific field, at any point in human history.

There are no radical departures in this report from the previous assessment, published in 2007; just more evidence demonstrating the extent of global temperature rises, the melting of ice sheets and sea ice, the retreat of the glaciers, the rising and acidification of the oceans and the changes in weather patterns. The message is familiar and shattering: "It's as bad as we thought it was."

What the report describes, in its dry, meticulous language, is the collapse of the benign climate in which humans evolved and have prospered, and the loss of the conditions upon which many other lifeforms depend. Climate change and global warming are inadequate terms for what it reveals. The story it tells is of climate breakdown.

http://admin.alternet.org/environment/forget-climate-change-we-must-prepare-catastrophic-climate-breakdown?akid=10989.1147163.PamiGV&rd=1&src=newsletter903535&t=15

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haikugal Oct 2013 #1

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Wed Oct 2, 2013, 11:18 AM

1. The real story.

Not much talked about though is it?! Thanks for posting this...humans don't deserve to survive. I just wish we weren't taking all the other wonderful living things with us.

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