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'Politicians Haven't Listened' Merkel Climate Advisor Blasts Global Inaction

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Politicians need to get their act together on climate change, says Chancellor Angela Merkel's leading climate advisor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber just days before the global warming conference in Qatar. The World Bank agrees, releasing a report on Monday

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JL A (281)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 10:27 am

11/19/2012 03:17 PM
'Politicians Haven't Listened'
Merkel Climate Advisor Blasts Global Inaction

Politicians need to get their act together on climate change, says Chancellor Angela Merkel's leading climate advisor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber just days before the global warming conference in Qatar. The World Bank agrees, releasing a report on Monday highlighting the serious consequences that await should global temperatures continue rising unchecked.

The global political community's weak action on combating climate change has left the world in serious danger before the century's end, climate scientists warn. According to a new report from the World Bank, climatologists almost unanimously agree that the earth's temperature will increase by 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100, leading to massive food shortages and drought.

As representatives from almost 200 countries prepare to meet next week in Doha, Qatar to reach agreement on measures to slow global warming, climate scientists are sounding the alarm for more aggressive action. Climate change must become a priority they say.

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, a leading German climate scientist and the government's chief advisor on climate-related issues, warns that the goal of keeping global warming below two degrees Celsius by 2100 will only be possible with a massive rethinking of priorities. "We're currently on a course to see a 3.5 to 4 degree (6.3 to 7.2 degree Fahrenheit) change by the end of the century," Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), told SPIEGEL. "We've stressed time and again, that we need nothing less than a new industrial revolution, but many politicians haven't listened. They've just sat back."

Schellnhuber says that the European Union could easily achieve a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2020 relative to 1990, instead of the 20 percent it has committed to. Schellnhuber asked Chancellor Angela Merkel to form a "coalition of the willing." But unfortunately, he said, climate change is "not the highest priority" for Germany's leader.

'Turn Down the Heat'

Schellnhuber's comments in SPIEGEL came as a report he compiled with the World Bank, entitled "Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4C Warmer World Must be Avoided," was released on Monday. Timed to coincide with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in Qatar, the study focuses on the consequences of a global four-degree temperature increase by the end of the century. The report notes that food shortages, massive water scarcity, rising sea levels, cyclones, drought and an irreversible decrease in biodiversity would result.

The report notes that climate change of such a scale would mean temperature increases of 6 degrees Celsius or more in average monthly summer temperatures in the Mediterranean, North Africa, Middle East and parts of the United States. Sea level rise in the tropics, the report says, will likely be 15 to 20 percent greater than the global average. Repercussions from those and other changes will have a disproportionate affect on poor countries.

Despite such dangers, however, the report notes that concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere continues to rise and is higher now than at any time in the last 15 million years. While CO2 concentration stood at a pre-industrial level of 278 parts per million, it is now at 391 parts per million and is increasing at a rate of 1.8 parts per million each year.

"A 4 degree warmer world can, and must be, avoided - we need to hold warming below 2 degrees," World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, the first scientist to lead the organization, said in a World Bank press release accompanying the report. "Lack of action on climate change threatens to make the world our children inherit a completely different world than we are living in today. Climate change is one of the single biggest challenges facing development, and we need to assume the moral responsibility to take action on behalf of future generations, especially the poorest."

"It is my hope that this report shocks us into action," Kim writes in the report's foreword.


Sue H (7)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 10:28 am
I wonder what it's going to take to get them to take their heads out of the sand???

Roger G (154)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 1:14 pm
noted, thanks !

JL A (281)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 2:48 pm
You are welcome Roger.

Terry V (30)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 6:25 pm
Eve of Destruction

Earth Cry

JL A (281)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 6:37 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Terry because you have done so within the last week.

John B (185)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 8:12 pm
Thanks J.L. for the post. I like Sue H. wonder what it will take for the policy makers to finally move on this issue.
Read and noted.

JL A (281)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 8:17 pm
You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last week

Ben O (156)
Friday November 23, 2012, 5:15 am
Talk is cheap - that's all I can say...

JL A (281)
Friday November 23, 2012, 7:46 am
Loved your 'two cents worth' Ben! Actions do indeed speak louder than words.You cannot currently send a star to Ben because you have done so within the last week.

Anna M (18)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 5:40 am
The real price of anything is
the amount of life exchanged for it.
So the real question is:
How many lives per gallon?

JL A (281)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 7:22 am
You cannot currently send a star to Anna because you have done so within the last week.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 1:29 pm
I've been reading that the concern was that the earth's temperature would rise 2 degrees by 2100...and I thought I read that as Fahrenheit. Now this article says 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Even if I was in error and should've read Celsius rather than Fahrenheit, this article still has it doubled....which is worse news than previously! I'm worried that as the months & years pass without change, and continued emissions of dirty energy, that 4 degrees could double again. Perhaps even this estimate is conservative, and could actually be more.
Meanwhile, we'll see many more "Frankenstorms" and Arctic Sea Ice melting. We should all be very concerned about this and be contacting our Congress critters and POTUS to take actions to address it. My worry will exacerbate if Pres. Obama doesn't speak at length about this at his State of the Union address.

Thanks for posting, J.L. *I'm sorry I'm unable to send you another green star as I sent one already this week.

JL A (281)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 1:37 pm
I appreciate the thought Lois. Several articles I've seen of late indicated with the newer data added, the former two degrees had indeed become four degrees--doubled and why more efforts to get politicians to pay more attention and act have been more prevalent in the news, like this article. You are correct in describing the level of efforts we all should be taking to make a difference.

Joseph Gregory Paquette (1)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 1:51 pm
Signed, shared & noted.

JL A (281)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 2:12 pm
Thanks for sharing Joseph.

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 2:53 pm
Yet again, no mention made to the most destructive activity of man to Earth Mother: Eating Animals. If we all eat the way we have been repeatedly warned to, Organic Veg'n, the horrors will end. Again, all masters that people claim to follow were adamant that man never harm or kill beings (Mohammed was the only one who advised man to eat primarily veg'n. All other were strict in the instruction to eat only veg'n) To "Christians" Paul or Saul was NEVER INITIATED by Jesus or John or any master, and had many arguments with those who were. They repeatedly told him that eating meat was forbidden, and yet, the lies ended up being spread so that this is the accepted belief now. Romans did not wish to stop killing, sacrificing, eating animals or drinking wine, and so, their pagan beliefs took over the truth. Christmas is a pagan ritual, as is the virgin birth, the resurrection, etc. If 1 person exchanges eating meat / animal products for a vegan diet, they'll reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 tons per year.
If every American dropped one serving of chicken per week from their diet, it would save the same amount of CO2 emissions as taking 500,000 cars off the road.
Chickens, turkeys, pigs and cows are collectively the largest producer of methane in the U.S.
Methane is 20x more powerful at trapping heat in the Earth's atmosphere than carbon dioxide.
The meat, egg, and dairy industries produce 65% of worldwide nitrous oxide emissions.
Nitrous Oxide is 300x more powerful at trapping heat in the Earth's atmosphere than carbon dioxide.
1 calorie from animal protein requires 11x as much fossil fuel as 1 calorie of plant protein.
The diets of meat eaters create 7x the greenhouse emissions as the diet of vegans.
Nearly half of all water used in the U.S. goes to raising animals for human food.
It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat.
1 pound of wheat takes 25 gallons.
You'd save more water by not eating one lb of meat than you would by not taking a shower for 6 months.
A vegan diet requires 300 gallons of water per day vs. meat-eating diet which requires 4,000 gallons per day.
Animals raised for food create 89,000 lbs of excrement per second, none of which benefits from the waste-treatment facilities human excrement does.
Chicken, Hog, and Cattle excrement has polluted 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states.
Raising animals for human food uses 30% of the Earth's land mass. That's about the same size as Asia! The moon has less area than that, at 14.6 million sq miles.
More than 260 million acres of U.S. forest have been cleared to create cropland to grow grain to feed farmed animals. Corn destroys to intestines and stomachs of steers and cows. GMOs and pesticides, whether sprayed or systemic, are destroy bees/pollinators, soil, air, human and animal health, and corrupt organic crops.
The equivalent of 7 football fields of land are bulldozed every minute to create room for farmed animals.
Livestock grazing is the number one cause of plant species becoming threatened or going extinct in the U.S.
70% of grain and cereals grown in the U.S. are fed to farmed animals. 90% of corn is.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 3:23 pm
Thanks J.L.

Yvette T. I like your comments.

JL A (281)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 3:31 pm
You are welcome Mary. And I agree that Yvette provided a wealth of facts worth pondering.

Henrik Thorsen (31)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 4:28 pm
They won't take the necessary steps until it's too late. In fact, it may already be too late.

Lynn D (0)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 4:32 pm
how so very true, thank you!
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