Pollution and climate change due to human influence is “clear,” and the observed effects are “unprecedented,” according to a report released Sunday by a United Nations panel. The fourth and final volume of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s giant climate assessment didn’t offer any surprises, nor was it expected to since it combined the findings of three earlier reports released in the past 13 months. No surprise indeed! Mankind is trying to cope with the global capitalistic system, which isn’t sustainable at all, neither is the incredible crap of a thought that the “invisible hand of the marked” will solve it. We just have to wait and see. Wait and see what? In May 2013 I wrote (in Norwegian) about a new record of mankind, a very, very dangerous record: For the first time ever, in April that year, the level passed over 400 ppm (parts carbon dioxide per million) CO2 in the atmosphere. This border crossing is a kind of measure to show the possible tipping point for the climate to go astray. Perhaps we already are inside this situation. CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere have been above 400 ppm for three months in a row for the first time, from April to June this year across the Northern Hemisphere. And experts assume the level for concentrations to stay above the 400 mark a full six months in 2015. In just another year or so of CO2 building in the atmosphere, the world will be above 400 ppm year-round.
The 116-page report is the fifth since 1990 prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The latest installment synthesizes the findings of the previous four reports and presents new conclusions that environmental scientists arrived at since the fourth report was released in 2007. Economic and population growth have contributed to greenhouse emissions, which are “higher than ever,” and higher warming, the report says.
“The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, and sea level has risen,” the report said, adding that this has caused extreme weather all over the world. “It is very likely that heat waves will occur more often and last longer, and that extreme precipitation events will become more intense and frequent in many regions.” The risks that these extreme weather conditions present affect a wide range of people but are most devastating to disadvantaged populations, the report says.
The report recommends allocating finances to encourage people and governments to come up with new ideas to tackle climate change. IPCC vice chair Jean-Pascal van Ypersele wrote on Twitter that “ordinary people” can make choices that reduce climate change, “but policymakers have responsibility to facilitate.” “We have the means to limit climate change,” IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri said. “The solutions are many and allow for continued economic and human development. All we need is the will to change, which we trust will be motivated by knowledge and an understanding of the science of climate change.” But do we have the will to change the economic system? This is the time we have to reconsidered change from unsustainable capitalism to sustainable alternative, and for me that is socialism, with a socialist economy.
The report warns that “even with adaptation, warming by the end of the 21st century will lead to high to very high risk of severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts globally.” That means in other words that IPCC is not either satisfied with the current system, if it only means adaptation and not radical change. I AGREE SO FAR!
“We can’t prevent a large scale disaster if we don’t heed this kind of hard science,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday in response to the report. “The longer we are stuck in a debate over ideology and politics, the more the costs of inaction grow and grow.” This says a representative of the most heavy capitalist species on earth, the so called “free market” economic paradise, with the most greedy multi-billioners, the highest CO2 emission contributor until just recently (China have the lead), so on and so on.
So let’s be frank, if that’s possible, and I THINK IT IS. Will this capitalist attitude change any time soon? NO WAY! Of course not. The global uprising and revolution will not come any time soon either, unless we the people want. Do we?