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Any lingering doubts about climate change being a guaranteed catastrophe are no longer merited. This is because of the evidence recently provided by the UN’s Inter-Government Panel on Climate Change, the body tasked with producing the most accurate scientific information on the changing climate. Follow Save
The single greatest threat to the future of humankind is an unknown to most people alive today. That is some thought. Giving the threat a name – climate change – makes little discernible difference to the general population’s recognition of the unfolding catastrophe. This, it would seem, is because, apart from the inhabitants of some small islands being swallowed up by climate-induced rising sea levels, climate change has not been sufficiently in-your-face. This is no longer the case. Hardly a day goes by without reports from around the world on what used to be described as “extreme weather events”: runaway fires, hurricanes, droughts, floods, landslides, heat waves. Their very frequency turns them from being “extreme” into today’s normal. Which is precisely what climate science has been warning us about for more than half a century.

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