The Polar Bear Is Us

by
Abby Zimet

Artwork in Berlin by Isaac Cordal titled "Electoral Campaign." Seen posted elsewhere as "Politicians Discussing Climate Change."

 

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The leaked news from this week's gathering in Japan of top climate scientists on the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is even worse than all the other climate change news that's come before that somehow - oh foolish arrogant species - has yet to effect the kind of significant change it warrants: The dangers of a warming Earth are immediate and very human, likely prompting hunger, disease, drought, flooding, refugees and war, and we are not prepared for any of it. The report uses one word over 5,000 times: risk.

"It's not far-off in the future and it's not exotic creatures - it's us and now." - Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University, who worked on earlier reports.

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