UN Says Climate Genocide Is Coming. It’s Actually Worse Than That.

| January 27, 2019 | Leave a Comment

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Year of Publication: 2019

Author(s): David Wallace-Wells

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Just two years ago, amid global fanfare, the Paris climate accords were signed — initiating what seemed, for a brief moment, like the beginning of a planet-saving movement. But almost immediately, the international goal it established of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius began to seem, to many of the world’s most vulnerable, dramatically inadequate; the Marshall Islands’ representative gave it a blunter name, calling two degrees of warming “genocide.”

The alarming new report you may have read about this week from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — which examines just how much better 1.5 degrees of warming would be than 2 — echoes the charge. “Amplifies” may be the better term. Hundreds of millions of lives are at stake, the report declares, should the world warm more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, which it will do as soon as 2040, if current trends continue. Nearly all coral reefs would die out, wildfires and heat waves would sweep across the planet annually, and the interplay between drought and flooding and temperature would mean that the world’s food supply would become dramatically less secure. Avoiding that scale of suffering, the report says, requires such a thorough transformation of the world’s economy, agriculture, and culture that “there is no documented historical precedent.” The New York Times declared that the report showed a “strong risk” of climate crisis in the coming decades; in Grist, Eric Holthaus wrote that“civilization is at stake.”

If you are alarmed by those sentences, you should be — they are horrifying. But it is, actually, worse than that — considerably worse. That is because the new report’s worst-case scenario is, actually, a best case. In fact, it is a beyond-best-case scenario. What has been called a genocidal level of warming is already our inevitable future. The question is how much worse than that it will get.

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  • Greeley Miklashek

    The heck with death by climate change! Population density stress is killing us now, through ALL of our “diseases of civilization” (heart disease, cancer, lung diseases, obesity/diabetes type 2, stroke, kidney disease, addiction/suicide/mental health disorders, Alzheimer’s, etc.). Were it not for our $3.8T medical care in the US and our 4.3B Rx, we would all be dead already! However, nobody in the I’d-rather-just-just-whine-about-it “environmental movement” has the nerve to face the human overpopulation problem, let alone all the medical consequences that physicians like myself have been describing for 150 years or more, since “neurasthenia” was first described by George Miller Beard and Silas Weir Mitchell. Mother Nature is well into the process of wiping her failed experiment in humanity right off the planet. Wake the hell up! Stress R Us