…when people ignore them.
The Earth is hurtling toward a warmer climate at a quickening pace, a Nobel-winning U.N. scientific panel said in a landmark report released Saturday, warning of inevitable human suffering and the threat of extinction for some species.
After five days of sometimes tense negotiations, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change adopted its fourth and final report this year, along with a summary, on the science of climate change and the effects of human-produced greenhouse gases.
It lays out blueprints for avoiding the worst catastrophes – and various possible outcomes, depending on how quickly and decisively action is taken.
The document says recent research has heightened concern that the poor and the elderly will suffer most from climate change; that hunger and disease will be more common; that droughts, floods and heat waves will afflict the world’s poorest regions; and that more animal and plant species will vanish.
Imagine Newton’s Third Law of Motion after “five days of sometimes tense negotiations”:
For every action (excluding those of Sovereign and Church) there is a heightened concern that equal and opposite reaction may become more common, depending on how quickly and decisively such reaction is taken.
Drudge illustrates this AP puffery with a picture of a cuddly polar bear. As it happens, they’re rather un-cuddly – one recently tore off a man’s arm and ate it in front of him. Still, leaving such species-ist thoughts aside (page 5,6):
…the global polar bear population has increased from about five thousand members in the 1960s to twenty-five thousand today, through stricter hunting regulation.
One population – that on the western coast of Hudson Bay – is declining , from 1,200 in 1987 to under 950 in 2004. That’s because, each year on said west coast:
…49 (polar bears) are shot…
Anyway, when this nonsense is finally debunked by a run of terrible winters, we can deport the IPCC and its hangers-on to the western coast of Hudson Bay.
Growl, mmmm, crunchy!