- Posted April 4, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Global Warming Highland Homes
There's not enough room in the Highlands for everyone, so those low-life Global Warming deniers who are the major cause will just have to watch the sea rise from low ground.
Hundreds of scientists worldwide report we're already seeing sea level rise from ice sheet loss and other serious impacts of climate change. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report (IPCC) on the impacts of global warming clarifies beyond all doubt that we do, indeed, face an unprecedented planetary emergency. Not one that will arrive in the future, but that's happening right now.
There's no question we already live in a world that's altered by climate change. We're already seeing more frequent extreme weather, food and water shortages, shrinking glaciers and species migrations. And humans are the major cause of emissions, driven mainly by our dependence on fossil fuels. Believers or non-believers, no one on this planet will be untouched by climate change.
The report underscores that we are well on our way to breaching the atmospheric concentrations required to maintain a safe climate at a global warming increase of 2 degrees centigrade. Rich and developing countries need to halve their emissions. But in reality most governments are nowhere near planning such deep curbs to avoid hitting the tipping point into dangerous warming.
An editorial in the prestigious British Medical Journal, states that: "The report shows the need for 'radical and transformative change… This is an emergency. Immediate and transformative action is needed at every level: individual, local, and national; personal, political, and financial." The editorial endorses the World Bank president's call for divestment from fossil fuels and investment in green energy, and highlights the health benefits of change.
Tragically, the gap between the science and what governments, business and people are doing to negate it remains huge.
In the face of the report, energy company deniers continue to play the profit-now-pay-later game. In reports released on the same day as the climate impact assessment, big energy stated that it will continue to extract and sell fossil fuels without restriction despite climate change. Because the economy begs for it and the high price of renewables means they can't possibly replace fossils.
And they're right based on how they keep fossils priced low: on Dirty Energy Profits. The huge profits accrued by scrimping on safety measures to eliminate all contaminating oil, gas and coal spills and leaks. Nail those costs to their fossil fuel products and the clean green solar and wind energies would be as popular to stock brokers and especially investors, given the choice to support clean versus dirty, earth cooling versus earth warming energies.
Once Global Warming Highland Homes become available – and they will – given the lack of will to move on the report's recommendations. Energy execs will be the first to knock on their door once the report materializes in their back yards. They already live nowhere near where they leak into public drinking water sources, why would they live where they flood?
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