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Climate change could pose 'existential threat' by 2050: report; CNN

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Climate change could pose 'existential threat' by 2050: report; CNN

Dire warnings
The future predicted by the report is one of potential global catastrophe.
Authors David Spratt and Ian Dunlop, both longtime climate researchers, warn that climate change at present poses a "near-to-mid-term existential threat to human civilization."
They drew on existing scientific research and "scenario planning" to forecast that if global temperatures rise 3 degrees Celsius by 2050, 55% of the world's population across 35% of its land area would experience more than 20 days of lethal heat per year, "beyond the threshold of human survivability."
In that scenario, many ecosystems -- including those in the Arctic, the Amazon rainforest and the coral reef systems -- would collapse.
Across West Africa, tropical South America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, there would be more than 100 days a year of deadly heat, leading to over 1 billion people being displaced.
Food production would drop off due to the "catastrophic decline" in insect populations, weather too hot for humans to survive in significant food-growing areas and chronic water shortages. With not enough food for the world's population, prices would skyrocket, the paper's authors argue.
Rising sea levels would cause people to abandon parts of Mumbai, Jakarta, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Shanghai, Bangkok and Manila, among other cities. Around 15 million people in Bangladesh would be displaced.
"The social consequences range from increased religious fervor to outright chaos," the paper said. "In this scenario, climate change provokes a permanent shift in the relationship of humankind to nature."
https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/04/health/c ... index.html
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If it's on CNN it must be true . Double the carbon tax and save the planet .
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There's always a movement to get young folks engaged, to keep childless faints enraged, and distract the productive parts of society from every day civilization building.

There will be problems upcoming, but the powerful concept of 'manning up' goes far to mitigating and ultimately addressing these issues.

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Meh, sounds like the next generation's problem. They'll do the "manning up", we'll party like its 1999!
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Its not CNN folks.. Its scientific

https://www.livescience.com/65633-clima ... -2050.html

The current climate crisis, they say, is larger and more complex than any humans have ever dealt with before. General climate models — like the one that the United Nations' Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) used in 2018 to predict that a global temperature increase of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) could put hundreds of millions of people at risk — fail to account for the sheer complexity of Earth's many interlinked geological processes; as such, they fail to adequately predict the scale of the potential consequences. The truth, the authors wrote, is probably far worse than any models can fathom.

How can this catastrophic vision of the future be prevented? Only with the people of the world accepting climate change for the emergency it is and getting to work — immediately. According to the paper's authors, the human race has about one decade left to mount a global movement to transition the world economy to a zero-carbon-emissions system. (Achieving zero-carbon emissions requires either not emitting carbon or balancing carbon emissions with carbon removal.) The effort required to do so "would be akin in scale to the World War II emergency mobilization," the authors wrote.
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is Thanos or godzilla going to appear?
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Aznkid2000 wrote: is Thanos or godzilla going to appear?
Not in the form shown in movies... if mass migration starts those will be as big as Godzilla
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CocoJambo wrote: Its not CNN folks.. Its scientific
It's actually not scientific. The article specifically says "The paper, by the Melbourne-based Breakthrough National Center for Climate Restoration, is not a scientific study, but an attempt to model future scenarios based on existing research."

This is no different than Al Gore reaching absurd conclusions 13 years ago based on the worst of the worst research which has already proven to be doctored.
When the truth offends, we lie and lie until we can no longer remember it is even there. But it is still there... every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later, that debt is paid.
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Ok then we are safe I guess...
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Unbelievable how many people want to bury their heads in the sand over this imminent crisis. A small bit of pain right now could save a world of pain in a few decades. Our grandchildren are going to think we are idiots.
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smacd wrote: Unbelievable how many people want to bury their heads in the sand over this imminent crisis. A small bit of pain right now could save a world of pain in a few decades. Our grandchildren are going to think we are idiots.
Looks like those greedy evil scientists got to you too. Next you'll tell us that vaccines don't give kids autism and the world isn't flat. Winking Face
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smacd wrote: Unbelievable how many people want to bury their heads in the sand over this imminent crisis. A small bit of pain right now could save a world of pain in a few decades. Our grandchildren are going to think we are idiots.
Actually we need Thanos to snap his fingers. That will cut carbon emissions.
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Flavour wrote: It's actually not scientific. The article specifically says "The paper, by the Melbourne-based Breakthrough National Center for Climate Restoration, is not a scientific study, but an attempt to model future scenarios based on existing research."

This is no different than Al Gore reaching absurd conclusions 13 years ago based on the worst of the worst research which has already proven to be doctored.
YEah it sounded too movie like.
I mean I can for sure imagine all those things happening... but in a much much smaller scale.
For example I'm sure those extra forest fires out west are putting big dents in the wallets of people and businesses.
All that flooding is wrecking a havok in Ontario and Qc.
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The media is really driving this thing. CTV had some minor damage from tornados as the top story on Sunday. 20 years ago that would have been local news. I don't believe everything scientists say. They are wrong about a lot of things.
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cnn has about as much credibility as justin trudeau. Their viewership is now smaller than most popular youtube channels. Face With Tears Of Joy

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