Leaked IPCC Draft Report: Recent Warming Is Manmade, Cloud Feedback Is Positive, Inaction Is Suicidal By Joe Romm and Climate Guest Blogger on Dec 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm The draft 2013 Fifth Assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on … Continue reading →
By Joe Romm and Climate Guest Blogger on Dec 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm
Figure SPM.6.a. Warming in two IPCC scenarios reveals humanity’s choice. With aggressive action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (RCP 2.6 with 443 ppm of CO2 in 2100), warming is modest and adaptation is plausible. With continued inaction (RCP 8.5 with 936 ppm in 2100), warming is a catastrophic and unmanageable 10°F over much of Earth’s habited and arable land — and more than 15°F over the Arctic. This projection ignores many key amplifying feedbacks, such as the release of permafrost carbon, which would likely lead to far greater warming.
The draft 2013 Fifth Assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change leaked this week makes clear inaction on climate change would be devastating to modern civilization. The report finds that the human fingerprint on climate has grown more obvious, concluding “it is virtually certain” the energy imbalance that causes global warming “is caused by human activities, primarily by the increase in CO2 concentrations. There is very high confidence that natural forcing contributes only a small fraction to this imbalance.”
Suicide is the act of taking one’s own life on purpose. Suicidal behavior is any action that could cause a person to die, such as taking a drug overdose or crashing a car on purpose.
Suicide and suicidal behaviors usually occur in people with one or more of the following:
- Drug dependence
- Stressful life issues, such as serious financial or relationship problems
Suicidal behaviors may occur when there is a situation or event that the person finds overwhelming, such as:
- Dependence on drugs
- Unemployment or money problems
People who are at risk for suicidal behavior may not seek treatment for many reasons, including:
- They believe nothing will help
- They do not want to tell anyone they have problems
- They think asking for help is a sign of weakness
- They do not know where to go for help
By Barbara Lewis and Valerie Volcovici
BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON | Sun Dec 9, 2012 4:10am EST
(Reuters) – The European Union’s landmark effort to charge foreign airlines for carbon emitted on flights in and out of Europe was already failing by the time French President Francois Hollande shared his deep concerns with the European Commission chief in October.
The U.S. aviation industry had mustered fierce political opposition, China was threatening to withhold aircraft orders from Airbus and the most influential European nations feared retaliation against their national carriers. Chinese and Indian airlines refused to submit emissions data; U.S. lawmakers were readying a law that could make it illegal to pay the tariff.
Ultimately it came down to an economy-versus-environment debate, with issues of national sovereignty and freedom of the skies also playing a decisive role in grounding the effort for now, to the relief of global carriers and airplane makers whose businesses stood to lose out.
Direct pressure from the EU’s three most powerful members, and France in particular, forced an abrupt one-year postponement of one of the most contentious efforts to curb global greenhouse gas emissions since the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, according to European sources familiar with the negotiations.
Hollande, nervous about the possible job losses at major French and European employer Airbus, raised the issue with EC President Jose Manuel Barroso at a meeting in Brussels in October, one of dozens of such encounters focused mainly on taming the debt crisis, one of the sources said.
Barroso decided the EC needed to make its move before the United States finalized a law that would formally shield its airlines from complying “so as not to be seen to be pushed,” said the source, who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the disclosures.
Weeks later, on November 12, EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard told a hastily convened news conference that she was “stopping the clock” for a year before enforcing the law, a painful about-face on a signature initiative that has become the latest example of how difficult it remains to tackle climate change globally.