Monday, 31 March 2014

Severe, pervasive and irreversible

Guardian: "Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change" said Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the IPCC.

Al-Jazeera: Climate change will complicate and worsen existing global security problems, such as civil wars, strife between nations and refugees, the world's top scientists say.

BBC: The impacts of global warming are likely to be "severe, pervasive and irreversible", a major report by the UN has warned.

Three headlines this weekend on the impact of climate change on the planet. Civil wars, starvation, threats to wildlife are all a significant risk unless there is urgent action and mitigation of the climate change that is unavoidable.

Given the global threat and the threat to each and every one of us, you might expect governments to be holding continuous 'COBRA' style discussions, you might expect civil unrest caused by the lack of action to tackle the problem, you might expect the media to be running the story on every front page from now on.

But what do we get instead? A media that runs headline stories about pets with TB and governments wanting to extract more fossil fuels by any means possible.

The biggest threat to humanity, each and every one of us. It is long past being time to take action. We cannot wait any longer.

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