Editorial: Dealing on global warming is needed
The activities of the human species remain the primary culprit of global warming, according a report from leading global climate scientists.
The current hiatus in warming in this century is a natural variation that is not expected to last, according to the report released Friday by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The report specifically said the majority of the warming since the 1950s is “extremely likely” -- at least 95 percent probable -- to be from manmade activities.
This is a significant increase from the 2007 report that said was “very likely” or 90 percent or the 2001 report that said it was “likely” or 60 percent.
Climate change is a serious issue as well as complex. The reality is that even a one-foot rise in sea level will impact coastal communities, which would flood much of Miami Beach and other coastal communities around the world.
The time for arguing whether climate change is real or not has passed.
The Midwest will likely experience more heatwaves, floods or droughts in the region, for example. This could impact dangerous weather as well as agriculture and related crop choices.
This 2013 study will now be reviewed and analyzed. The 2007 report did contain an error regarding the rate of melting of Himalayan glaciers. An outside review found that that error did not affect the study’s main conclusions.
As the world’s government move forward, it is important they remember to present their findings appropriately.
The world population responds better to the challenge of climate change when it is not presented as doom and gloom, but focusing on the long life expectancy of a nation.
The challenge will be to make appropriate strides in addressing global warming and minimize economic impact around the world.