'Unequivocal' says IPCC: Planet Is Burning, Humans Are Causing It
Global scientific consensus says planet is changing in ways unseen in thousands of years and if something ‘substantial’ not done, and soon, the results will be unthinkable - Jon Queally, staff writer, Common Dreams
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently released a new assessment report that states bluntly that “warming in the climate system is unequivocal and since 1950 many changes have been observed throughout the climate system that are unprecedented over decades to millennia. Our assessment of the science finds that the atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amount of snow and ice has diminished, the global mean sea level has risen and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased,” said Qin Dahe, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group I. Whereas this report focuses on the geoscience of climate change, subsequent working groups, whose work will be published in 2014, will focus on other aspects of the science as well as mitigation. See headline statements from the IPCC here (pdf); read the full report here.