The next IPCC Report was allegedly leaked, and the dire warnings are said to include the title above.
‘Worst yet to come’ for today’s children, grandchildren: UN climate draft
I’ve tried for many years to get people to recognize the unfolding dangers as have many other people, but it has all been woefully insufficient and broadly ignored.
But in true scientific fashion, the report authors are quick to add this is not the final word.
So that’s science double-speak again. We’ll get this thing watered down to prevent panic before the final ‘approved’ version is released.
The IPCC is well-known to be a day late and a dollar short with its reports, missing critical feedbacks and important assessments entirely. The publication has gotten slightly better, but it’s still NOT the defining assessment many may think it is. It takes years for the data to make it through their selection process and literally every single word is wrangled over before publication. In essence, this means that they set out to keep out the most damning information from the most alarmed climate scientists and reviewers, so what the world gets to see is but a watered down version of what is actually happening to the planet.
I am not a fan of the IPCC or the reports produced, or the methods used. It’s too bureaucratic, too slow and too cumbersome. We need a Rapid Response Team to produce the best scientific assessments in a timely manner. That doesn’t exist.
We also need scientist to break ranks with the ‘approval process’ and ‘journalistic standards’ on how, when, why and where they present their findings to the public and to government leaders. The rank and file methods being followed rarely do justice to the global emergency we now find ourselves in.
We also need some mavericks to step out and speak out about what is going wrong with science reporting, and why the climate emergency MUST be immediately declared.
But I’m not holding my breath. We’re still following the business-as-usual approach to dealing with a deadly situation, including the glacial pace of informing the public, officials and global leaders.
And lest anyone forget, the status-quo must be maintained at all costs, including career tracks, positions, practices, approvals and procedures. Let’s not rock the boat in other words, these things are far more important then worrying about our own species extinction! Plenty of time to address the climate crisis! Plenty of time to postulate, ponder and debate the meaning of words, sentence structures and chapter revisions!
Meanwhile the planet burns, roasts, bakes, dries out and dies more and more every day.
Human institutions are poorly adapted for real emergencies. They’re too cumbersome and too slow. They insist on mountains of paperwork and justifications. Budgets must be approved, people must be appointed, politics must be decided and interpersonal role playing must be all worked out. That takes serious time (years). Bad actors must be removed and agendas must be agreed upon. Professionals are well aware of these obstacles and accept them as normal. It’s how it’s done.
But what if there is a real emergency?
Why don’t we have such a Rapid Response Team now, or something similar that can provide accurate, up-to-date assessments and advice?
Why haven’t climate scientist closed ranks and objected to the way they are being treated by hostile industries, hostile governments and inept politicians? Do their jobs matter more then saving the human race?
Exactly what are we willing to do to stop this insane arrangement of civilization that is hell-bent on self-destruction? Anything? Nothing? Let the pundits and political hacks decide this for us?
Just exactly how versed ARE our leaders in what it means to heat up the climate beyond survivability? Do they truly understand what wet-bulb temperatures will do to most of the food supply? It’s painfully clear that fully one half or more of the U.S. Government ‘leadership’ is comprised of self-serving traitorous ignorant bastards. They have virtually NO idea what it means to heat up the planet beyond human survival rates. A basic science test would flunk them all out, and yet these morons are deciding the fate of billions (what the US does or doesn’t do effect the whole world).
Historic heat (in June!) is already breaking records in the Pacific Northwest, with the South West facing critical water shortages. We have an emergency, but it’s happening in other countries too as they drown, dry out or starve. Who exactly is holding the ball sacks of our leaders and preventing them from doing the right thing here? Assuming that they even want to…. which is exceedingly doubtful. We’ve had YEARS to set this all up and be prepared to deal with it to the best of our ability – and it hasn’t been done.
The whole process is a fucking joke, a sick, sad, pathetic, human extinction level joke upon our species. We are not ready, not prepared, not adequately informed and making no significant preparations at all. Mitigation efforts are stupid, pathetic and ill-advised. Build a sea wall so you can drown a few years later? Build more fossil fuel power plants so you can keep elevating the global temperatures? Expand urban areas so that you can pile even more people on top of each other? Advocate for more children to prop up the economy? Perpetuate the status-quo and present ‘business arrangements’ to ensure we go extinct from stupidity?
Seriously, humans a fucking stupid beyond belief. We’re facing utter disaster and can’t make any of the essential choices that are so bloody damned obvious because we don’t want to.
We’re acting as if our desires and demands are going to stop or delay what’s coming, but they won’t. Nature is absolutely irresolute, immutable and completely unstoppable, and extinction is forever.