Published on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Common Dreams
Humanity Wholly Unprepared for Abrupt Climate Impacts, Warns Report
‘The pace of change is orders of magnitude higher than what species have experienced in the last tens of millions of years.’
– Jon Queally, staff writer
Hang on. Get Ready.
Those are at least two of the takeaways from a new report released by scientists in the National Academy of Sciences on Tuesday which says the sudden impacts of climate change this century and beyond are inevitable but warn that far too little has been done to prepare for them.
“If you think about gradual change, you can see where the road is and where you’re going. With abrupt changes and effects, the road suddenly drops out from under you.” –Prof. Tony Barnosky
The report, Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change, looks at the issue of abrupt changes in climate, weather patterns, and the impacts that can occur in a matter of years or decades, not the lengthier scenarios that climate scientists sometimes focus on. (The full report can be read online here).