The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change explains away the recently reported downward trend in global warming, and re-affirms its conviction that the earth continues to get hotter.
At the same time, The Daily Take of the Thom Hartmann Program goes so far as to say that “global warming is about to claim three quarters of a billion people.” By this it means that the glaciers in the Himalayas are melting so rapidly that within 22 years a population twice the size of the United States will have their water supply severely compromised.
The IPCC said the evidence of climate change has grown thanks to more and better observations, a clearer understanding of the climate system and improved models to analyze the impact of rising temperatures. In other words, perhaps their methods were less than effective in the past. Now they firmly state a finding that is sure to infuriate the warming naysayers. "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 the working group that wrote the report.
This U.N. committee’s statement adds fuel to the one that Halldor Thorgeirsson, one of their own, made just a week ago: “We are failing as a community,” he said, “and the world is not on track to prevent potentially catastrophic climate change.”