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Climate Commission: The Critical Decade

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The Climate Commission has released its report The Critical Decade prior to a national forum on Climate Change at Parliament House tomorrow. The report was written by Will Steffen of the ANU Climate Change Institute and has been widely reviewed. I recommend it. It can be downloaded here:

The report pulls few punches. Page 3 reprises our Hungry Beast rap when it states:

Climate science is now being debated outside of the normal discussion and debate that occurs within the peer-reviewed scientific literature in the normal course of research. It is being attacked in the media by many with no credentials in the field. The questioning of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the “climategate” incident based on hacked emails in the UK, and attempts to intimidate climate scientists have added to the confusion in the public about the veracity of climate science.

By contrast to the noisy, confusing “debate” in the media, within the climate research community our understanding of the climate system continues to advance strongly.

It concludes:

As you’ve read in this report, we know beyond reasonable doubt that the world is warming and that human emissions of greenhouse gases are the primary cause. The impacts of climate change are already being felt in Australia and around the world with less than 1 degree of warming globally. The risks of future climate change –to our economy, society and environment – are serious, and grow rapidly with each degree of further temperature rise. Minimising these risks requires rapid, deep and ongoing reductions to global greenhouse gas emissions. We must begin now if we are to decarbonise our economy and move to clean energy sources by 2050. This decade is the critical decade.

Get downloading (Warning: it’s 8 Mb).

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Written by Roger Jones

May 23, 2011 at 3:59 pm

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