The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a new report warning worldwide governments about the wreaking effects of climate change on Friday.
The New York Times reported on the potential risks:
Failure to reduce emissions, the group of scientists and other experts found, could threaten society with food shortages, refugee crises, the flooding of major cities and entire island nations, mass extinction of plants and animals, and a climate so drastically altered it might become dangerous for people to work or play outside during the hottest times of the year.
The Washington Post also summarized the IPCC’s report:
The report said some impacts of climate change will “continue for centuries,” even if all emissions from fossil-fuel burning were to stop. The question facing governments is whether they can act to slow warming to a pace at which humans and natural ecosystems can adapt, or risk “abrupt and irreversible changes” as the atmosphere and oceans absorb ever-greater amounts of thermal energy within a blanket of heat-trapping gases, according to scientists who contributed to the report.
“The window of opportunity for acting in a cost-effective way — or in an effective way — is closing fast,” said Michael Oppenheimer, a Princeton University geosciences professor and contributing author to the report.
The IPCC report comes in the wake of movie star Leonardo DiCaprio’s speech at the 2014 UN Climate Summit in September.
Posts were made last month on President Barack Obama’s Twitter account in support of action against climate change.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 29, 2014
Even with evidence piling in favor of climate change, the president’s tweet received backlash.
Adam Bryant, New York Times environment editor, stated last week that the opinions of climate skeptics “do not hold water,” and therefore the paper was “not going to take that point of view seriously.”
But not all skeptics are out to label climate change a hoax and call it a day. Some point out numbers and data that might misinform the public, such as the popular statement that 97 percent of scientists think global warming is a serious issue caused by man.
Others, such as Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, believe in climate change, but don’t agree with the data used to assert it as a man-made issue.
But the most surprising of all climate skeptics might be John Coleman, a former meteorologist and co-founder of the Weather Channel.
Coleman made his stance publicly known via Twitter.
You can see me interviewed by Megan Kelly at Fox News at http://t.co/4gWSU9LomR
— John Coleman (@JohnColemanMRWX) October 28, 2014
In the end, it’s all weather to him.