IPCC Stepping Back From Predictions On Economic Impact Of Global Warming, Threat Of Mass Extinction

IPCC Predictions Of Mass Extinction Downgraded After Initial Review
A report issued in 2007 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicted the effects of global warming would lead diminished natural resources and mass extinction. However, the IPCC now concedes there is no evidence climate change has led to even a single species becoming extinct thus far.” reports Der Spiegel.

According to the paper, in the draft of the new report, the IPCC “admits that there is no evidence climate change has led to even a single species becoming extinct thus far.

At most, the draft report says, climate change may have played a role in the disappearance of a few amphibians, fresh water fish and mollusks. Yet even the icons of catastrophic global warming, the polar bears, are doing surprisingly well. Their population has remained stable despite the shrinking of the Arctic ice cap.

“Ragnar Kinzelbach, a zoologist at the University of Rostock, says essential data is missing for most other life forms, making it virtually impossible to forecast the potential effects of climate change.”

The danger of mass extinction is not the only prediction from which the IPCC is stepping back. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, after an initial review, the IPCC is planning to downplay its estimates of the economic impacts of a warming planet.

“Bob Ward, an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, also said alterations to the economics chapter of the draft report sent to governments included an assessment of a paper by the chapter’s own convening lead author Richard Tol that contained at least one error.

Study: Globalization Creates Prosperity – In First World Nations
A German study has found that globalization contributes to increases in prosperity. Unfortunately, most of those benefits are accrued by individuals in wealthier countries, reports Deutsche Welle. The study conducted by Prognos found Measuring wealth gains among 42 nations since 1990, the study by the Germany-based foundation found an increase of approximately $1,380 in per-capita gross domestic product (GDP) in the top 20 industrialized nations. Germany, alongside Finland, Denmark and Japan, benefitted the greatest.

NATO Membership To Ukraine Is A Bad Idea, Analyst Argues
Jan Techau of Carnegie Europe says he does not support extending NATO membership to Ukraine, but adds that depending on “Russia’s willingness to accept genuine neutrality for Ukraine” is not a strategic option either.

” A grand bargain that would make Russia refrain from interfering in Ukrainian domestic affairs in return for nonmembership in NATO is entirely unrealistic. The real realist’s option is to put Ukrainian NATO membership to sleep but to be fully prepared to compete with Moscow for influence in Kiev. The West should do everything it can to give Ukrainians the right to decide their own fate. That means investing fully in Ukraine’s democratic process, helping its economy, and assisting in setting up an inclusive constitutional process—with full cultural and linguistic rights for minorities. But the West must also be ready to swallow Russian accusations of Western aggression and escalation,” Techau writes.

 

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