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Report: Experts see 95-percent likelihood that global warming is caused by humans

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And there’s a 100-percent likelihood that THIS will elicit responses from the usual gang of denialists:

Climate scientists are surer than ever that human activity is causing global warming, according to leaked drafts of a major UN report, but they are finding it harder than expected to predict the impact in specific regions in coming decades.

The uncertainty is frustrating for government planners: the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the main guide for states weighing multibillion-dollar shifts to renewable energy from fossil fuels, for coastal regions considering extra sea defenses or crop breeders developing heat-resistant strains.

Drafts seen by Reuters of the study by the UN panel of experts, due to be published next month, say it is at least 95 percent likely that human activities – chiefly the burning of fossil fuels – are the main cause of warming since the 1950s.

That is up from at least 90 percent in the last report in 2007, 66 percent in 2001, and just over 50 in 1995, steadily squeezing out the arguments by a small minority of scientists that natural variations in the climate might be to blame.

That shifts the debate onto the extent of temperature rises and the likely impacts, from manageable to catastrophic.

Governments have agreed to work out an international deal by the end of 2015 to rein in rising emissions.

 

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  1. Experts schmexperts, This is the work of the devil. He takes many forms. Now he’s trying to be a climatologist. You gotta be real quick minded to see through all his disguises. Go away devil before I sick Geraldine on you.

  2. denny wallace

    Experts see 95-percent likelihood that global warming is caused by humans

    So how do these experts account why the Earth has a steady PROVEN record of going through periods of warming AND COOLING?

    Absent the last thaw from the Ice Age we’d probably still the Neanderthal Man ruling the world… There are many reasons why the Earth goes through cooling\warming periods… many of which dwarf anything mankind can dish out to cause global warming…

    Do I agree Mankind is dumping way to many greenhouse gasses into the air…. CERTAINLY, without a doubt we need to reduce all pollutions to include greenhouse gasses.

    Yet GROSS FEARMONGERING is most certainly way out of line… regardless their supposed good intentions.

  3. Steverino

    What makes this particularly disconcerting is the rise in global temperature over the past 100 years is equal to the rate of earth’s cooling over the past 6 or 7 thousand years. Extensive climate research is ongoing and the results get worse no thanks to the Koch brothers and their efforts to promote climate denialism.

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