U.N. Panel: Humans to Blame for Climate Change

Friday, September 27, 2013

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"This is the global threat of our time, and for the sake of future generations, our generation must move toward a global compact to confront a changing climate before it is too late," President Barack Obama proclaimed back in June to a roaring crowd in Germany. "That is our job, that is our task, we have to get to work."

But progress toward that goal has not been made.

What would it take to make action on climate change happen? A new report written by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that climate change is not only real but that it is primarily—if not entirely—caused by humans.

The United Nations-assigned panel published the first part of its findings in a report today. The full report is to be released over the course of the next year.

These assessment reports come out every five years and summarize the latest findings of peer-reviewed climate science. Some of the findings of the report, known as AR-5, have already been leaked to the media.

The findings show that climate scientists are 95 percent confident that humans are responsible for at least "half of the observed increase in global average surface temperatures since the 1950s."

Additionally, the data shows that the last 30-year period is "very likely" the warmest in the last 800 years.

Coral Davenport, Energy and Environment Correspondent for the National Journal, and Raymond Schmitt, a Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, worked on a previous IPCC Assessment Report. They join The Takeaway to explain the latest findings.

 

Guests:

Coral Davenport and Raymond Schmitt

Produced by:

Tyler Adams

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [2]

D Erickson from Msp

The PUBS (known as the booze hounds) are blackmailing the President and citizens of the United States of America by refusing to pay their bills, obstruct a law of the land called the Affordable CARE Act, and shutting down a government that they hate. Can they be held in contempt for extortion? They swore on a bible to uphold the constitution and the laws of the land which includes the ACA.

Oct. 01 2013 02:17 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Discussing carbon emissions on Capital Hill just creates more hot air that we don't need.

Now that we know that humans created climate change we can stop blaming the _________ (fill in the blank)

It actually is too bad that humans created climate change. If it were aliens, we would have gone to war with them and kicked their ass. "We don't want anyone else coming down here and destroying our planet, we know how to do it ourselves."

Sep. 27 2013 01:53 PM

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