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New Analysis: Evidence of Climate Change Stronger Than Ever

Public News Service - OH -- January 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Experts say the evidence is stronger than ever that climate change is happening, and it comes with devastating consequences for Ohio and the rest of the country. According to a new draft of the National Climate Assessment, which was released Monday, the effects of climate change, including extreme weather events, are becoming more apparent.

Former White House director of Climate and Energy and EPA administrator Carol Browner says those impacts will increase as global emissions continue to rise.

"This new assessment really confirms what the scientists have been telling us and what our eyes are telling us. It's getting hotter; we're seeing more violent, more frequent storms. We're seeing impacts on the economy and we're seeing impacts on public health."

The report comes as 2012 made the record books as the hottest year in U.S. history. It presents a grim outlook for future extreme weather events, including heavier rains in the Midwest that contribute to flooding and erosion.

Nicholas Stern: 'I got it wrong on climate change – it's far, far worse'

by Heather Stewart and Larry Elliott, The Observer, -- 26 January 2013

Lord Stern, author of the government-commissioned review on climate change that became the reference work for politicians and green campaigners, now says he underestimated the risks, and should have been more "blunt" about the threat posed to the economy by rising temperatures.

In an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Stern, who is now a crossbench peer, said: "Looking back, I underestimated the risks. The planet and the atmosphere seem to be absorbing less carbon than we expected, and emissions are rising pretty strongly. Some of the effects are coming through more quickly than we thought then."

The Stern review, published in 2006, pointed to a 75% chance that global temperatures would rise by between two and three degrees above the long-term average; he now believes we are "on track for something like four". Had he known the way the situation would evolve, he says, "I think I would have been a bit more blunt. I would have been much more strong about the risks of a four- or five-degree rise."

President Obama's second inaugural address, as prepared for delivery

by Transcripts Editors -- Daily Kos -- Mon Jan 21, 2013

President Obama:

We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity.  We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.  Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.  The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult.  But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it.  We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise.  That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure – our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks.  That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God.  That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.

Climate change: No more denying it

CBS News -- January 26, 2013

Over the last 40 years, record-setting temperature months around the world have increased five-fold. Nine of the top ten warming years on record have been in the 2000s. And Hurricane Katrina-type events are turning out to be twice as likely in years with warming.

Kluger said climatologists have long been warning the public of the dangers of too much carbon in the atmosphere, and now, all of the changes they had been predicting have happened on schedule.

Kluger likened climate change deniers to the Flat Earthers and the people who say the moon landings never happened.

"At some point, the body of evidence becomes so overwhelming that if you're denying it, you're sort of willfully excluding yourself from the 'big table' where the conversations take place," he said. "The argument that [climate change] is a hoax has been demolished."

CBS News Clip -- Listen up again.  Today's Climate Change 'Newsflash'

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"The weather's on Steroids." ...

I wonder what got into the Trad-Med this week, eh?  

Maybe, Reality.   Could it be, it is finally starting to sink in?

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