Good old Noah was reported by Genesis in Chapters 6 to 9 as acting at God’s suggestion by building an ark which would rise above the flood which was coming to take out evil mankind. He put 2 of every animal species aboard his vessel so these innocents would survive along with his family.
Actually, according to Wikipedia, “God gives Noah detailed instructions for building the ark: it is to be of gopher wood, smeared inside and out with pitch, with three decks and internal compartments; it will be 300 cubits long (a cubit is an ancient measure of length about the length of a forearm–mine is about a foot long), 50 wide, and 30 high; it will have a roof “finished to a cubit upward”, and an entrance on the side.” Well, hey, a little tight for all the world species, but, what the heck, if its in the Bible it must be true, n’est pas?
Anyway, it is now highly ironic that the just issued report from the World Bank, which was sent to the Population Media Center (PMC) by Bill McKibben, predicts the possibility the world could experience a real Noah like flood as the result of Global Warming. Noah’s fable has the possibility of partially coming true for many coastal areas which are resident to many of the world’s most populous areas.
It is also clear that urgent unified action by mankind will be required to avoid its prediction. I think you will be anxious to read this full report from Joe Bish of PMC:
On November 20th, the Bill McKibben’s Twitter feed alerted me to the issuance of a new report by the World Bank with this Tweet: “Those radicals at the World Bank: must limit warming to 2 degrees or ‘roll back decades of devt”.
This was in reference to the 106 page Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4 Degree Celsius Warmer World Must be Avoided (16 MB PDF) report the World Bank has just issued. The forward of the document, written by World Bank president, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, begins:
It is my hope that this report shocks us into action. Even for those of us already committed to fighting climate change, I hope it causes us to work with much more urgency. This report spells out what the world would be like if it warmed by 4 degrees Celsius, which is what scientists are nearly unanimously predicting by the end of the century, without serious policy changes.
The 4°C scenarios are devastating: the inundation of coastal cities; increasing risks for food production potentially leading to higher malnutrition rates; many dry regions becoming dryer, wet regions wetter; unprecedented heat waves in many regions, especially in the tropics; substantially exacerbated water scarcity in many regions; increased frequency of high-intensity tropical cyclones; and irreversible loss of biodiversity, including coral reef systems.
Fortuitously, Jenny Goldie then sent me the following highlights/excerpts. I have also pasted two related news stories below: 1) World Bank fears devastating 4.0 degree warming; and, 2) Influential investors call for action on ‘serious climate danger’.
- In a world rapidly warming toward 4°C, the most adverse impacts on water availability are likely to occur in association with growing water demand as the world population increases. Some estimates indicate that a 4°C warming would significantly exacerbate existing water scarcity in many regions…
- Maintaining adequate food and agricultural output in the face of increasing population and rising levels of income will be a challenge irrespective of human-induced climate change.
- The projected impacts on water availability, ecosystems, agriculture, and human health could lead to large-scale displacement of populations and have adverse consequences for human security and economic and trade systems.
- …a large shock to agricultural production due to extreme temperatures across many regions, along with substantial pressure on water resources and changes in the hydrological cycle, would likely impact both human health and livelihoods. This could, in turn, cascade into effects on economic development by reducing a population’s work capacity, which would then hinder growth in GDP.
- With pressures increasing as warming progresses toward 4°C and combining with nonclimate-related social, economic, and population stresses, the risk of crossing critical social system thresholds will grow. At such thresholds existing institutions that would have supported adaptation actions would likely become much less effective or even collapse.
This courageous web site has been scrupulously reporting on the dangers of various environmental disasters arising from the fundamental root cause of too many humans on the planet. Now we are told by the World Bank that the facts are getting clearer and even more ominous than earlier surmised. The sceptics are legion and the time never seems right to address the problem, but when the above opinions are proven true, it will be too late to avoid the horrendous results scheduled now for the not too distant future.
Will humanity awaken and take actions that ameliorate the 4% prediction? I am personally doubtful but fervently hope I am wrong. The least you can do is petition your leaders to take action.
Trailer: Last Call the movie
A visual response to the unlistened call of a group of scientistis of MIT to answer to the challenge of the finitude of resources supplies.
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