Effects of climate change ‘irreversible,’ U.N. panel warns in report

The final report of the IPCC speaks in strong terms of the need to act now. It brings to a head the necessity for each of us personally to do what we can to force this awareness on our government(s), and it they don’t listen, to do what we can to change our leadership.

Continued emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and long-lasting changes in all components of the climate system, increasing the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems. Limiting climate change would require substantial and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions which, together with adaptation, can limit climate change risks. ( from: Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report)

U.S. Secretary ofState John Kerry reacting to the report, said it was time to move beyond the politicization of climate science.” Those who choose to ignore or dispute the science so clearly laid out in this report do so at great risk for all of us and for our kids and grandkids.”