After decades of near total inaction by the major world economies a new report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) claims the worst effects of greenhouse emissions have yet to be felt. Already the effects of climate change are being seen with coastal flooding, severe weather, and rapid extinctions of wildlife, but that is just the beginning.
According to the report the world’s food supply is at considerable risk which, along with other costly changes, could lead to serious political instability.
And the worst is yet to come, the scientists said in the second of three reports that are expected to carry considerable weight next year as nations try to agree on a new global climate treaty. In particular, the report emphasized that the world’s food supply is at considerable risk — a threat that could have serious consequences for the poorest nations.
“Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change,” Rajendra K. Pachauri, chairman of the intergovernmental panel, said at a news conference here on Monday.
Nobody will be “untouched” but the rich have already setup the 99% to pay for the economic damage. Somehow the plutocrats will make it.
But as for the rest of us? Aye there’s the rub. Without the power of money to buy food at increased prices or armies to simply take the food we are out of luck. The neofeudal future will further empower the 1% at the expense of everyone else.
“Throughout the 21st century, climate-change impacts are projected to slow down economic growth, make poverty reduction more difficult, further erode food security, and prolong existing and create new poverty traps, the latter particularly in urban areas and emerging hotspots of hunger,” the report declared.
Don’t worry, Silicon Valley is coming out with a great new way to chat about how horrible things are. You can get together with your cyber pals and share ironic pictures and clips about trying to find food, you can laugh out loud.
But in terms of actual solutions to the problem everyone seems to be out of ideas. Unless this is all a huge hoax (as some members of Congress actually believe), we are going down a dark long and winding road with increased flood risk.
Photo from Hannes Grobe under Creative Commons license.