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Climate Change

Act or Step Aside

Last week's United Nations report represents history's most definitive statement of scientific consensus on global climate change.

Last week’s report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change represents “history’s most definitive statement of scientific consensus on climate change.” Its main findings: global warming is “unequivocal,” and human activity is the main driver, “very likely” causing most of the rise in temperatures since 1950. If left unchecked, it will destroy our habitat. “It’s time to end the debate and act,” House Science and Technology Committee Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) says. “All the naysayers should step aside.” This morning, Gordon chaired Congress’ first hearings on the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (details here). These proceedings should be the beginning of a thorough and sustained examination of the report’s findings by Congress, the media, and ordinary citizens. The good news is there is still “an enormous amount the international community could do to avert climate change if swift action was taken,” says Dr. Graeme Pearman, who helped draft the report.