From Watts Up With That?
Essay by Eric Worrall
UN climate warnings are like the village communist predicting the imminent demise of capitalism every week – and about as likely to happen.
Scientists deliver ‘final warning’ on climate crisis: act now or it’s too late
IPCC report says only swift and drastic action can avert irrevocable damage to world
Scientists have delivered a “final warning” on the climate crisis, as rising greenhouse gas emissions push the world to the brink of irrevocable damage that only swift and drastic action can avert.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), made up of the world’s leading climate scientists, set out the final part of its mammoth sixth assessment report on Monday.
The comprehensive review of human knowledge of the climate crisis took hundreds of scientists eight years to compile and runs to thousands of pages, but boiled down to one message: act now, or it will be too late.
The UN secretary general, António Guterres, said: “This report is a clarion call to massively fast-track climate efforts by every country and every sector and on every timeframe. Our world needs climate action on all fronts: everything, everywhere, all at once.”
…Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/mar/20/ipcc-climate-crisis-report-delivers-final-warning-on-15c
In 2021 it was a “Code Red for Humanity”;
IPCC report: ‘Code red’ for human driven global heating, warns UN chief
Climate change is widespread, rapid, and intensifying, and some trends are now irreversible, at least during the present time frame, according to the latest much-anticipated Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, released on Monday.
Human-induced climate change is already affecting many weather and climate extremes in every region across the globe. Scientists are also observing changes across the whole of Earth’s climate system; in the atmosphere, in the oceans, ice floes, and on land.
Many of these changes are unprecedented, and some of the shifts are in motion now, while some – such as continued sea level rise – are already ‘irreversible’ for centuries to millennia, ahead, the report warns.
But there is still time to limit climate change, IPCC experts say. Strong and sustained reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases, could quickly make air quality better, and in 20 to 30 years global temperatures could stabilize.
…Read more: https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/08/1097362
2020 it was Yale’s turn to issue the final warning;
Mark Lynas’s ‘Final warning’ on climate: ‘It’s all on us, here, now,’ says reviewer
British author Mark Lynas adds another ‘essential’ book for those concerned about our civilization and our planet.
by SPENCER WEART AUGUST 19, 2020
Global warming first became personal for me in 2010. I was backpacking in the incomparable Wind Rivers in western Wyoming. I can’t tell you how much, over many years, I have loved those mountains, the wildest great range of the Lower 48; my tent was the only human thing on the shores of a lake a mile long.
But the human imprint had arrived. Hillsides had turned brown with dying pines, acres were littered with gray dead tree trunks. This was the work of bark beetles no longer controlled by cold winters, and you can see it now all over the American West.
…Read more: https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/08/mark-lynas-final-warning-on-climate-its-all-on-us-here-now/
You can find final warnings and last chances stretching all the way back to 1989 if you can find them using one of our woke search engines;
U.N. Predicts Disaster if Global Warming Not Checked
PETER JAMES SPIELMANN June 30, 1989
UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ A senior U.N. environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.
Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of ″eco- refugees,′ ′ threatening political chaos, said Noel Brown, director of the New York office of the U.N. Environment Program, or UNEP.
He said governments have a 10-year window of opportunity to solve the greenhouse effect before it goes beyond human control.
As the warming melts polar icecaps, ocean levels will rise by up to three feet, enough to cover the Maldives and other flat island nations, Brown told The Associated Press in an interview on Wednesday.
Coastal regions will be inundated; one-sixth of Bangladesh could be flooded, displacing a fourth of its 90 million people. A fifth of Egypt’s arable land in the Nile Delta would be flooded, cutting off its food supply, according to a joint UNEP and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study.
″Ecological refugees will become a major concern, and what’s worse is you may find that people can move to drier ground, but the soils and the natural resources may not support life. Africa doesn’t have to worry about land, but would you want to live in the Sahara?″ he said.
…Read more: https://www.apnews.com/bd45c372caf118ec99964ea547880cd0
Before anyone tries to claim the 1989 claim was not a real UN warning, even Snopes fact checkers admit this was a real UN warning;
Did UN Official Say Nations Would Vanish If Global Warming Not Reversed by 2000?
An Associated Press article from 1989 is popular among climate-change deniers.
In 1989, a senior U.N. environmental official said, “Entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.”
Rating: Correct Attribution
…Read more: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/nations-vanish-global-warming/
The year 2000 passed, and no great nations got wiped off the face of the Earth by global warming. Just as nothing bad will happen in the face of the latest UN warnings.
My only concern in this ridiculous charade, is for the naive younger people who take these warnings seriously, and feel distressed that older people are not acting, are not showing any sense of urgency about preventing the imminent end of the world.
But for some people at least, that distress doesn’t last forever. As you get older, you get wiser, at least in terms of learning how to judge the credibility of others. How many times can a rational person watch the UN and other alleged authority figures get it dead wrong, and still give unquestioning acceptance to their latest wild predictions of imminent disaster?
After you’ve lived through thirty years of failed climate crisis predictions, end of world scares, and imminent catastrophes which fail to materialise, most people learn not to take such pronouncements too seriously, whether they admit it or not. My evidence for this assertion is the failure of various Green Parties to sweep the world’s parliaments and congresses.
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