Climate forecast: 6.3 degree temperature rise, ensuing apocalypse
Though no agreements came to pass at Climate Week in New York, the stakes have become more clear. Scientists concur on doom and gloom forecasts.
Tue, Sep 29 2009 at 4:05 PM
Image: UNEP Climate Change Compendium 2009
Though the pre-Copenhagen agreement that everyone had hoped for in New York last week did not materialize, a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) did. The Climate Change Compendium
publishes over 400 peer-reviewed scientific papers on the latest finding in climate research.
If you want some apocalyptic bedtime reading, I encourage you to download the full report (PDF
) which is divided into five sections -- Earth Systems, Earth Ice, Earth Oceans, Earth Ecosystems and Systems Management.
As Jerry Cope pointed out today
on Huffington Post, the numbers are sobering ... far, far worse than the most dire of Al Gore's inconvenient predictions back in 2007.
A full 6.3 degree global temperature is now forecasted. That might sound pleasant if you live in Vermont where summer temperatures are a modest 85 degrees, but if you are one of the nearly one billion people who could be displaced by the resulting global sea rise of 10 meters (or more) you should be very, very worried.
Cope puts it this way, "COP15 may very well be the last chance for the world to reach a consensus on measures to reduce GHG emissions and avoid climate chaos for the next millennium."
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