Today sees the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest findings on the state of “global warming” and the news isn’t good. Here are some of the highlights:
Here are some of the highlights:
- Giant malarial mosquitoesÂ the size of crane flies may descend en masse and drain us of our blood so quickly with their powerful razor sharp probosces that we won’t even have time to be infected – we’ll be dead before we hit the floor;
- Bangladesh, Tuvalu, The Maldives and Florida will all beÂ submerged;
- Four horsemen with skulls for faces, glowing red eyes and huge scythes will gallop across the blighted land on skeletal horses spreading fire, pestilence, famine, and disease. Men will pray for the quick release of death. Children will clutch their parents and say: “Why didn’t we listen?”;
- The populations of horrid things likeÂ cockroaches and scorpions will quintuple, while all the cute animals – wrens, robins, meerkats, baby polar bears, kittens, sea otters – will vanish as if they had never been;
- Men will say openly thatÂ Christ and His saints slept;
- There will beÂ war, war and more war.
We know this because theÂ Guardian’sÂ Suzanne Goldenberg is on the case. She has got inÂ her climate doom predictions earlyÂ and though she based her report on a leaked sneak preview rather than the finished document, she has undoubtedly captured the general tone, which is this:Â things are even worse than we thought!
And are things really even worse than we thought?
Not exactly, no. The real take-home story of the new reportÂ we already learned last week: that the latest estimates of the economic costs of “climate change” are considerably lower than previous projections; so much lower, in fact, that the costs could be offset by just a month’s global economic growth.
It’s to obscure this inconvenient truth that the Big Green Propaganda Machine will now be cranking into overdrive. Over the next few days – watch and listen: they’ll be all over the MSM like a suppurating pox rash – “expert” after “expert” will be dragged out of the woodwork to testify that, no,Â this timeÂ it’s serious and as a measure of the serious seriousness of it all it’s really about time we silenced those Big-Oil-funded climate deniers for good.Â Throw them in jail, at any rate.
Over the weekend we saw none other than the ex-Archbishop of Canterbury, the bearded wizard Rowan Williams,Â sticking his crozier in:
Rich, industrialised countries, including our own, have unquestionably contributed most to atmospheric pollution; the development of profitable heavy industry relied on what we now think of as “dirty” energy sources, and involved environmental degradation on an unprecedented scale. Both our present lifestyle in the developed world and the history of how we created such possibilities for ourselves have to bear the responsibility for pushing the environment in which we live towards crisis.
This coincided with a reportÂ Taken By StormÂ by the charity he heads – Christian Aid – demanding “decisive action” to combat climate change.
The WWF is making similar demands:
Samantha Smith, leader of the WWF Global Climate & Energy Initiative says the report highlights, for the first time, the dramatic difference of impacts between a world where we act now to cut emissions, which now come mostly from using fossil fuels; and a world where we fail to act quickly and at scale.
“This report tells us that we have two clear choices: cut emissions now and invest in adaption – and have a world that has challenging and just barely manageable risks; or do nothing and face a world of devastating and unmanageable risks and impacts.”
Even the US Defense Department – to its eternal shame – has been co-opted into the green propaganda war. Last month it published itsÂ Quadrennial Defense Review,Â claiming that “climate change” could be a “threat multiplier.”
Climate change poses another significant challenge for the United States and the world at large. As greenhouse gas emissions increase, sea levels are rising, average global temperatures are increasing, and severe weather patterns are accelerating. These changes, coupled with other global dynamics, including growing, urbanizing, more affluent populations, and substantial economic growth in India, China, Brazil, and other nations, will devastate homes, land, and infrastructure. Climate change may exacerbate water scarcity and lead to sharp increases in food costs. The pressures caused by climate change will influence resource competition while placing additional burdens on economies, societies, and governance institutions around the world. These effects are threat multipliers that will aggravate stressors abroad such as poverty, environmental degradation, political instability, and social tensions – conditions that can enable terrorist activity and other forms of violence.
This is about as close to meaningless nonsense as makes no difference – as, no doubt, a good many in the US military are more than aware. But it is the inevitable consequence of the way the climate change worm has infected almost every major institution from the scientific academies and the universities to the various departments of government.
Unfortunately, it has given the IPCC just the excuse it needed to shoehorn war into its long list of things that might be caused some time in the future by global warming. As Seth Borenstein – AP’s answer to Suzanne Goldenberg – reports it in his usual breathless fashion:
In an authoritative report due out Monday a United Nations climate panel for the first time is connecting hotter global temperatures to hotter global tempers. Top scientists are saying that climate change will complicate and worsen existing global security problems, such as civil wars, strife between nations and refugees.They’re not saying it will cause violence, but will be an added factor making things even more dangerous. Fights over resources, like water and energy, hunger and extreme weather will all go into the mix to destabilize the world a bit more, says the report by the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Yeah, Seth, whatever. But you didn’t get the stuff about the giant mosquitoes, did you? Or the four horsemen? Or the scorpions eating all the baby polar bears?