By Pippa Bartolotti, Wales Green Party, 26 February, 2014
The IPCC are due to release their next big report on climate change, and leaks so far tell us the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are going much further in their warnings than ever before. They warn that “starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease [are] likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change.”
Pippa Bartolotti, Wales Green Party leader said “This country is being run by climate thugs. The devastating floods have shown us that when extreme weather events descend, the UK has no way of dealing with them, let alone preventing them. Across the world we see record heat waves, record low temperatures and record storms. You just have to join the dots. Nature is sending us the clearest possible warning signals.”
The International Energy Agency informed us as far back as 2009 that “The world will have to spend an extra $500 billion to cut carbon emissions for each year it delays implementing a major assault on global warming.” Economists have estimated that climate-related damages are already costing us more than 1 trillion dollars worldwide. Those costs will only rise if we do nothing about this problem.
The Wales Leader added, “It should be clear by now to anyone with a brain that climate change has to be stopped in its tracks. This government is not going to do it because they are more keen to keep the dirty fossil fuel industry going with £16 billion or more in subsidies, than working to reduce CO2 pollution. The UK Governments are clearly part of the problem, and we can no longer afford them.”
The upper safety limit for atmospheric CO2 is 350 parts per million (ppm). Atmospheric CO2 levels have stayed higher than 350 ppm since early 1988. Today they are 397.80ppm.