A report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was allegedly leaked to the press on Friday, and several media outlets are saying it contains dire predictions in our near future. NPR reports, “Starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease already lead to human tragedies. They’re likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change, a leaked draft of an international scientific report forecasts”
The report, leaked Friday to a climate change denier’s blog, also included.
Scientists have high confidence especially in what it calls certain “key risks”:
People dying from warming- and sea rise-related flooding, especially in big cities.
Famine because of temperature and rain changes, especially for poorer nations.
Farmers going broke because of lack of water.
Infrastructure failures because of extreme weather.
Dangerous and deadly heat waves worsening.
Certain land and marine ecosystems failing.
Denial of the Global Warming phenomenon has long been a central plank of the Republican platform, although that opinion seems somewhat subdued lately, except in the TEA party ranks. A new Pew Research Center poll released just today, indicates that people aligning with the TEA party are significantly more in denial of Global Warming than any other demographic studied. All of this in direct opposition to the opinion of 90% of scientists asked about the reality of global warming in 2010. According to the Pew poll, their research showed,
“Just 25 percent of tea party Republicans saying global warming is happening. By contrast, 67 percent of all Americans say there is evidence climate change is underway, including 61 percent of non-tea party Republicans.”
In light of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change leaked report, (expected to be publicly released in March of this year), not only scientists, but also macro-economists will need to refocus on reality instead of politics.