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.
"Climate change will displace hundreds of millions of people by the end of this century, increasing the risk of violent conflict and wiping trillions of dollars off the global economy, a forthcoming UN report will warn."
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