"And the worst is yet to come." Scientists' Warning on Climate Risk

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Wed, Apr 2nd, 2014 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

The New York Times brings to attention a report [PDF] by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, "a United Nations group that periodically summarizes climate science," warning that the effects currently being felt by climate change are only bound to get worse unless greenhouse emissions are brought under control.

[...] ice caps are melting, sea ice in the Arctic is collapsing, water supplies are coming under stress, heat waves and heavy rains are intensifying, coral reefs are dying, and fish and many other creatures are migrating toward the poles or in some cases going extinct.

The oceans are rising at a pace that threatens coastal communities and are becoming more acidic as they absorb some of the carbon dioxide given off by cars and power plants, which is killing some creatures or stunting their growth, the report found.

Organic matter frozen in Arctic soils since before civilization began is now melting, allowing it to decay into greenhouse gases that will cause further warming, the scientists said. And the worst is yet to come, the scientists said in the second of three reports that are expected to carry considerable weight next year as nations try to agree on a new global climate treaty.

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