Magazine article World Watch

IPCC Report: Barring Action, More Weird Weather on the Way

Magazine article World Watch

IPCC Report: Barring Action, More Weird Weather on the Way

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This past winter, unseasonable warmth in Europe drew Dalmatian pelicans to their summer roosts in the Danube River delta months early. Camels and big cats at the Moscow Zoo caught spring fever, frolicking and mating ahead of schedule. And near-record temperatures along the U.S. east coast brought daffodils to bloom only weeks after the New Year. Disruptions like these in the seasonal rhythms of nature may not be the direct result of global warming, but they could be a preview of things to come if the latest international climate assessment, released in February, proves correct.

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The report, authored by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), concludes there is more than a 90 percent chance that warming observed during the past 50 years is the result of human activity. It also issued a stern warning to world governments, predicting more dramatic changes unless policymakers take immediate action to curb the phenomenon. …

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