Sat Feb 3rd, 2007 at 07:13:00 AM EST
I believe most of us have heard about this already, but thought it worthy to post more about it anyway. From Spiegel Online via Fran from this morning’s European Salon: BAD NEWS FOR THE PLANET - Humans Responsible For Climate Change, Says UN Report
A new United Nations report on climate change makes for sobering reading. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, humans are almost certainly responsible for global warming. And the consequences could be worst than previously thought.
For years, global warming was dismissed as an apocalyptic vision dreamt up by cranks and hippies. But recently consensus has been growing that the climate is indeed changing and humans are directly responsible. Now the United Nations has concluded that humans are almost certainly responsible for global warming and issued its strongest-ever warning about the consequences.(…)
It contains the UN's strongest conclusion yet that human activities are leading to global warming, and warns of more droughts, stronger storms and rising sea levels by 2100.
Here’s the report: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (pdf)
So, we have gotten a more emphatic warning...is anyone going to take it serious? Looks like the German government might be (from Duetsche Welle): Germany Boosts Investment in Climate Change Research
The German government has announced a 255 million euro ($330.7 million) boost for research into preventing climate change. This comes as the UN climate panel gave its strongest warning yet that human activities are heating up the planet. (…)
German Research Minister Annette Schavan said the cash increase in environmental investment which will be paid over the next three years. It will include 35 million euros for the expansion of the German climate change calculation center.
I'll be curious to see who follows the leaders. If anyone has time to read over the report, we would be interested in your comments.