After a marathon negotiating session the latest IPCC report on the effects of climate change is out. As Grist puts it, the "bad bits" of climate change will far outnumber the "good bits". I've posted some of the reports key findings here. To sum up, unless we get smarter about our energy production quick, the consiquinces will be horrific for wildlife, ecosystems and people.
As the Christian Science Monitor reports:
Global warming will affect societies around the world through more prolonged droughts, more intense rains and flooding, changes in the timing of seasonal rainfall and snowmelt, and a projected increase in the spread of animal- and insect-borne diseases, scientists say.
But it will affect plant and animal species even more dramatically. A shift in climate zones could lead to extinction of some species and the spread of others, according to a report set to be released Friday by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
By contrast, the Scotsman article sounds almost a bit smug:
Orange groves in the Highlands, bananas by the west coast lochs and warm winter cruises. The shape of things to come?
THE year is 2040, and the English are pouring across Hadrian's Wall.
Rising tides in the North Sea have overwhelmed the Thames Barrier and, with the city wiped out, rich Londoners are heading for the hills. Especially the Scottish hills, where the climate is remarkably like that of the Dordogne of a few decades ago.
Fortunately, the scenario they portray is only thought likely by a handful of scientists. The IPCC report itself gives timeline that is alarming, but shows there is still a window of opportunity for us to avoid catastrophic climate change.