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'Five Minutes to Midnight' as Climate Change Endgame Threatens

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Irreversible sea level rise, mass species extinction just around the corner unless immediate action is taken, warns UN

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Kit B (276)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 8:28 am
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The world is running out of time—and fast—to take action on climate change UN climate chief Rajendra Pachauri warned this week, stating, "We have five minutes before midnight."

The warning comes as the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is chaired by Pachauri, is set to release its Fifth Assessment climate change report on September 27.

Preceding IPCC reports have been grim, as is expected of the Fifth Assessment. A recently leaked draft of the report showed the scientists are now more convinced than ever that climate change is the result of human activity. According to scientific consensus represented in the report, the impact of climate change could include a sea level rise of nearly three feet by the end of the century, extreme species extinction, higher intensity of droughts, heatwaves and floods, and vast food shortages across the world.

"We may utilize the gifts of nature just as we choose, but in our books the debits are always equal to the credits," Pachauri told a conference for the organization Green Cross International in Geneva on Monday, quoting Mahatma Gandhi.

"May I submit that humanity has completely ignored, disregarded and been totally indifferent to the debits?" he added.

"Today we have the knowledge to be able to map out the debits and to understand what we have done to the condition of this planet," said Pachauri who urged those who would listen to take action immediately before the five minute window closes.

By: Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer | Common Dreams |


Nicole W (646)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 10:08 am
Pachauri is dead on, thank you dear Kit

. (0)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 10:11 am
Proactivity has never been a human strong suit. It has always been reactive. The planet will continue without us and repair itself in the process. Should we survive we will adapt, rebuild and continue to be reactive and repeat within two generations all the reactive behavior that contributed to the extinction or near extinction of humanity.

Craig Pittman (52)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 10:55 am
Pachauri is bang on and the clock is ticking. When it does hit midnight we will all be in the oops/reactive mode as Michael says. I have heard some of the so-called deniers now saying that technology will save the day for us. As tens of millions of people are displaced as the result of climate change we can hardly deny them access to land in North America since we are a leading cause of climate change.

David C (131)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 2:07 pm
sadly, it will only be worse for the younger my children and your grandson, Kit.....having to face the worse consequences of not enough action on this subject these past decades.....

pam w (139)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 2:25 pm
Meanwhile....big oil, big banks, Republicans and various other groups continue to deny, DENY...DENY the truth of climate change.

We've ruined this planet for life as we know it....and we deserve what's coming. Unfortunately, we've doomed millions of life forms and ecosystems in our self-absorbed SUPERIORITY complex!

Kit B (276)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 2:43 pm

So true. My grandson can take cold comfort knowing his grannie was fighting this battle 40+ years before he was born. No one has the guts to stand up to real polluters, and just say "no more", so we all now know that as Pam said, life will change on this planet. I don't know exactly what that means or how things will look in another 40 years, but I do know things on planet earth will be less than it was.

jan b (5)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 3:44 pm
For those who do not believe humans are responsible for least they ought to acknowledge we are responsible for polluting the air and water. The worst that can happen is we'll have a cleaner earth if we cannot change the direction of the climate.

Wednesday September 4, 2013, 3:55 pm
That is about right Kit. The Doomsday clock also sits a 5 till midnight.

Andrs Yokers (6)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 4:08 pm
we should listen to the un's predictions.

Eternal Gardener (745)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 5:18 pm
Our political leaders are too much focussed on the idiocy of war and committed to corporate puppetry to much for democracy (it is non-existent)!

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 5:44 pm
Noted. Thanks, Kit. I've pledged, too, to never stop pushing for alternative green energy in any & every possible way. All my kids know the facts, too.....took them to see "An Inconvenient Truth" when it was at the theaters some years back, and they all know the facts.

JL A (281)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 5:52 pm
I'm glad the UN is showing leadership like this. I have a hunch that people who live in rural parts of the developing world may win when it comes survival of the fittest in what is ahead and wonder whether the westerners pushing us towards this future see that or not.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 6:31 pm

I think you make a excellent point with that observation, J L.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 6:51 pm
Thank goodness the UN is sounding the alarm although the stupids and the greedy in this nation seem determined to heed the warning! I truly fear it is already too late as the destruction continues unabated. I pray, meditate, and sign petitions in hopes that we can persuade our leaders to join in a global effort to change our behavior and save the planet and everything on it. However, I fear that it is of no use...

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 6:52 pm
Thank you, Kit.

Helen Porter (39)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 8:40 pm
Perhaps Mother Nature will rouse herself and shake off the human fleas.

Rehana V (0)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 8:54 pm
We are no longer looking into the furure regarding these issues. It's here,we are in the midst of living it , experiencing the negative impacts on a daily basis. Unless something drastic happens to turn things around we are sadly already on the path to self destruction. All due to Greed!

TomCat S (129)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 2:12 am
Fact is, we just do not have a spare earth!

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 3:56 am
But it was 5 minutes last year so it has not changed, and it seems that the "apocalypses" that the clock is now anticipating are more of the whimper than the bang variety.

Syd H (48)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 3:59 am
Hmmm... wouldn't it be better John if the clock was now at 6 minutes rather than still at 5? Is 4 supposed to be some sort of progress?

Kit B (276)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 5:37 am

We just do not know what the "clock" actually says, or how long before we reap what we have sown in our own environmental stew. We do know that we as the human race have allowed others, those who stand to make money from this destruction, to determine these important questions. I want to know when we will have the courage to really speak to these issues.

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 6:45 am

Marija M (29)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 12:01 pm
thank you Kit

Gene J (290)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 2:39 pm
"The world is running out of time—and fast—to take action on climate change UN climate chief Rajendra Pachauri warned this week, stating, "We have five minutes before midnight."

I'm afraid it is later than that. Worse, no one but scientists are doing anything more than talking and most governments, businesses and, of course, the polluters are not talking at all in realistic terms which may now be damage control more than reversal. I don't think we can reverse what has been done, I think it is too late and besides that we lack the political and moral will to act strongly enough. There is still money to be made and in this world, money is still God. We'll go down dying but the 1% will have a fistful of greenbacks as they sink beneath the sea, or the ice depending on where they are when it happens as it will. Humanity's day is coming to a close and the sad truth is that most either don't know it, don't believe it or don't care. We had paradise and trashed it. That's the legacy of homo sapiens. And the sad fate of every other species though they had no role at all in what men have done to the garden.

Mitchell D (87)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 6:53 pm
Gene, you put it so damn well!
the Koch brothers may be the last Americans standing, or Inhofe and his fellow Oakie, but they will have no place in which to spend their soggy wealth.
The craving for money is the source of all evil, and all; these people can crave is "More.!"
And, the universe will go on its merry way, either not noticing what happened on this insignificant speck of cosmic dust, or glad for it, if there is some other consciousness able to contemplate the universe, as we are able to do.
We contemplate it, and then treat it with contempt; even so many of those who claim to "know" that it was created by "their" special supernatural being, and to "know" what that being wants of them.
Self deluded bullshit artists!
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