You want to hear some bad news? Well then its a good week for you. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is meeting in Brussels to finalize their latest report.
In the lingo that is to say: "The Working Group II will be presenting its contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fourth Assessment Report." For short the: "IPCC AR4 WG2 report". And the picture it paints is not going to be pretty.
WG the first (Working Group 1), deals with "The Physical Science Basis" - basically describing what we know. Their report in February, said we now know with a scientific certainty of greater than 90 percent that most of the observed warming over the past half-century is caused by human activities. No big surprise there. Climate change is real and we're mostly to blame.
Working Group II assess, "Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability" - how much it's going to hurt. What to expect? As Stephanie Tunmore, Greenpeace climate campaigner put it:
This week, we may see different numbers and sometimes different issues but the basics won't change. The hotter it gets, the greater the risk.
We've got a plan to fix it, but it's going to take an energy [r]evolution.
More info here...
Greenpeace feature story.
Our IPCC AR4 briefing, and one on the human and environmental costs.
IPCC's own media advisory.