Below the Fold: The Day After Tomorrow – IPCC Report

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That may look like a trailer for yet another Dwayne The Rock Johnson action movie, but in fact, according to the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, it’s a visual prediction of what the world will be like by 2040. 

Yep, last week while everyone watched Kanye lose his like he was on an episode of MTV’s fanatic – the IPCC officially hit the panic button.

Their report, which reads like the script for  “The Day After Tomorrow”, warns that unless major changes are completed in the next 12 years, there will be a “catastrophic environmental breakdown”

Other phrases used?

  • A warming “genocide” 
  • “Several hundred million” lives are at stake” 
  • “Climate change is shaping the future of our civilization”
  • “It’s a line in the sand and what it says to our species is that this is the moment and we must act now”

Remember, this is what the top scientists in the world are saying – not the type of folks prone to hyperbolic dramatic language.  They’re not your friend Shawna, who just literally can’t even. 

Basically, unless we limit global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees C, predictions include:

  • Rising sea levels swallowing coastal cities  
  • The global GDP being cut by 13%
  • More than four hundred million people suffering from water scarcity 
  • Thousands of people dying each summer, even in northern latitudes.  That means you Wisconsin. 
  • Wildfires that sweep across the planet annually. 
  • Droughts that last anywhere from 19 months in Central America to 60 months in Northern Africa – if you can’t do fast math, that’s five years.

The report also says that to avoid that scale of catastrophe, it will require such a thorough transformation of the world’s economy, agriculture, and culture that “there is no documented historical precedent.” Fortunately, they also said the urgent changes that are needed are feasible and lie at the most ambitious end of the Paris Agreement.  You know, the one trump took us out of. 

So, while carrying your s’well water bottle and riding citibike might feel like pathetic attempts to make difference, I’ll tell you what’s not going to help – continuing to elect climate change deniers to any public office. 

Like, Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe who wrote a book about climate change called the greatest hoax. Or North Carolina reps, who prohibited the use of climate science in coastal policies. Or Rick Scott in Florida, who banned the words “climate change”.  Or any of the 52 senators who just last week voted to confirm BP oil spill defender, hardline climate change denier and love child of Jeffrey Dahmer and Mrs. Potato head, Jeffrey Bossart Clark, to be the top environment lawyer at the DOJ.

So, if you would like to do your part to keep Mad Max as a fictional dystopian thriller and not a documentary, keep your water bottles and recycling bins, but also keep fighting to elect the folks at all levels of government who are willing to actually take these predictions seriously. 

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