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Climate change to make millions homeless

Posted on Monday, 13 May, 2013 | Comment icon 44 comments

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Climate change expert Lord Stern has warned that rising carbon dioxide levels could destroy communities.

Stern expressed concern for what will happen to world farming and agricultural communities in the event that temperatures rise by another 5 degrees Celsius. Hundreds of millions of people could lose their homes and agriculture across whole continents could become untenable.

"When temperatures rise to that level, we will have disrupted weather patterns and spreading deserts," he said. "Hundreds of millions of people will be forced to leave their homelands because their crops and animals will have died. The trouble will come when they try to migrate into new lands, however. That will bring them into armed conflict with people already living there. Nor will it be an occasional occurrence. It could become a permanent feature of life on Earth."

"The prospect of Earth returning to these climatic conditions is causing major alarm."

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Comment icon #35 Posted by Br Cornelius on 15 May, 2013, 10:27
Incentive are always going to be more effective, but many people choose to ignore them. At that point price signals have to come into play to bring in those people who are ignoring the incentives. The idea with Carbon taxes of any kind has always been that any revenue generated is ring fenced to only be spendable on energy saving inititives. Hence those who follow the strategic objectives will remain cost neutral. You only need to be out of pocket if you ignore the incentives and shoulder the penalties. Whether any particular government follows this model is another matter however. Br Cor... [More]
Comment icon #36 Posted by Capt Amerika on 15 May, 2013, 15:35
Climate has changed hundreds of times over the past 4.6 billion years, it has been warmer and colder than it is now and that includes times before man. It will continue along that cycle whether we are here or not. You want to run scared? knock yourself out. I couldn't care less. I for one am not egotistical enough to believe that the Earth will die because of humans. It will correct itself one way or another and if that means making humans extinct so be it. You want to "do your part"? have at it. I for one have a life to live and its too short to worry about things that happen ... [More]
Comment icon #37 Posted by Doug1o29 on 15 May, 2013, 16:14
The short-term problem with climate change is that we humans have invested a huge amount in the status quo. Rising sea level is not a problem if nobody lives near the coast. But that's exactly where most of us live. It's not a problem if you don't eat food grown in the southern Great Plains. But over the course of their lives nearly all Americans will consume about 40 acres of wheat grown exactly there. And that area is already en route to becoming a desert and will probably get there in the next drought cycle. The deforestation of the American West has already begun. We a... [More]
Comment icon #38 Posted by keithisco on 15 May, 2013, 18:23
Actually not right, the UK has many 60 metre turbines ( the largest produced) and the Electricity produced is no more expensive than Coal Fired Energy production. Here in Spain, we regularly produce more than 50% of all electrical requirements via wind turbines ( and solar Cells).Germany is well on the way to the same results.
Comment icon #39 Posted by Doug1o29 on 15 May, 2013, 19:48
That's not setting your sights very high. The target should be natural gas. Get your wind costs below that of gas. What is the proportion of large vs. small fans? The US has some small fans, too, but not very many and those are being replaced with larger ones when they wear out. Another thought here: generate SURPLUS electricity with wind and use that surplus to make hydrogen gas by electrolysis. Use the hydrogen to run generators when the grid is not supplying enough power. Don't need hydrocarbons at all that way. Doug
Comment icon #40 Posted by doppleganger2015 on 17 May, 2013, 20:53
Good ol, HAARP
Comment icon #41 Posted by Big Bad Voodoo on 12 October, 2013, 19:02
That tells a lot.
Comment icon #42 Posted by mumanster on 24 November, 2013, 9:57
I think the most significant contributor to Climate change is uncontrolled population growth, which places demands on resources which see's forests destroyed, species die, species overpopulate, disease run rampant, polution out of control, significant gases releas3ed by 'breathing and farting' etc... So hold your breath and dont eat beans....
Comment icon #43 Posted by spud the mackem on 24 November, 2013, 17:26
I am rather sceptical about Humans causing climate warm up because of the following. Volcano's blowing off. When Mount St.Helens blew it threw a few million tons of dust into the atmosphere which went around the world and took about 3 years to dissipate,this caused a blanket effect,now there is 6 volcano's all spewing out millions of tons of ash and dust miles up into the air, also causing a blanket effect.We are not causing Volcano's to erupt its an act of nature,We may be causing a small percentage of obnoxious gases to escape into the air but nothing like as much as a Volcano ca... [More]
Comment icon #44 Posted by Br Cornelius on 26 November, 2013, 10:21
Simply factually wrong. Man contributes vastly more CO2 than all the volcanoes put together. The main effect of volcanoes is through sulphates and particulates which are both coolers of the environment. As I said you are simply factually wrong. Br Cornelius

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