The UN has issue Fighting Climate Change: Human Solidarity in a Divided World.
Climate change is the defining human development challenge of the 21st Century. Failure to respond to that challenge will stall and then reverse international efforts to reduce poverty. The poorest countries and most vulnerable citizens will suffer the earliest and most damaging setbacks, even though they have contributed least to the problem. Looking to the future, no country—however wealthy or powerful—will be immune to the impact of global warming.
The question before us all is whether those wealthy will care enough to act in time.? Or, will Americans and other wealthy around the world continue bread and circuses, partying as the world crashes around us all? Sadly, looking at the nightly television schedules and lavish Christmas light displays across Americans does not instill confidence.
This 12-megabyte, 399 page report is filled with material worth examining. The forward begins:
What we do today about climate change has consequences that will last a century or more. Th e part of that change that is due to greenhouse gas emissions is not reversible in the foreseeable future. Th e heat trapping gases we send into the atmosphere in 2008 will stay there until 2108 and beyond. We are therefore making choices today that will aff ect our own lives, but even more so the lives of our children and grandchildren. This makes climate change diff erent and more difficult than other policy challenges.
Climate change is now a scientifically established fact. …
Fact. Fact. Fact!
SolveClimate has a good discussion of the report which I have yet to begin to digest.