Many recall that IPCC’s credibility was brought into question back in 2009 as the central figure in “Climategate.” The controversy broke out when more than 1,000 hacked emails, posted on the internet, showed possible alternation and elimination of unfavorable data by climate scientist at IPCC’s Climatic Research Unit. Subsequently, the IPCC was vindicated by an independent British inquiry, which found no evidence of dishonesty or corruption in the stolen e-mails.
With that being said, a summary report obtained by Seth Borenstein of The Associated Press claimed more extreme weather lays ahead. Seth goes on to say:
“….. the latest warning from top climate scientists paints a grim future: More floods, more heat waves, more droughts and greater costs to deal with them.”
“….. the extremes caused by global warming could eventually grow so severe that some locations become “increasingly marginal as places to live.”
‘….. there is at least a 2-in-3 probability that climate extremes have already worsened because of man-made greenhouse gases.”
“….. the intense, single-day rainstorms that typically happen once every 20 years will probably happen about twice a decade,”
“….. a drought could also happen more often as the world warms”
“….. climate is also connected with other manmade issues such as population growth, urban development and river management,”
“…..”for some climate extremes in many regions, the main driver for future increases in losses will be socioeconomic” rather than a result of greenhouse gases.”
“….. scientists are “virtually certain” – 99 percent – that the world will have more extreme spells of heat and fewer of cold. Heat waves could peak as much as 5 degrees hotter by mid-century and even 9 degrees hotter by the end of the century.”
“….. this year in the United States, blistering heat set 2,703 daily high temperature records, compared with only 300 cold records during that period. That made it the hottest summer in the U.S. since the Dust Bowl of 1936,”
“….. there’s an 80 percent chance that the killer Russian heat wave of 2010 would not have happened without the added push of global warming,”
“….. global warming isn’t the sole villain in future climate disasters. An even bigger problem will be the number of people – especially the poor – who live in harm’s way.”
“….. the basic findings (of the report) seem to be proven true by actual events.
In closing, whether the report changes people’s mind and initiates Washington to enact a U.S. energy policy remains to be seem. People who distrust scientists will refute the finding while wiping the sweat off their face and stacking sandbags to ward off the rising currents. Those who fear the findings will call Capitol Hill to action while lawmakers argue over same sex marriages, don’t ask don’t tell policy, where to put the border fence, who raised the most money for the upcoming elections, and how long should we let the Russians ferry our Astronauts to the Space Station.