UN scientist: fighting climate change saves costs

November 30, 2011 By ARTHUR MAX , Associated Press
Solar panels are used to generate electricity at the Greenpeace exhibit during the climate change conference in Durban, South Africa, Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011. International climate negotiators were at odds Tuesday on how to raise billions of dollars to help poor countries cope with global warming. AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

(AP) -- The U.N.'s top climate scientist cautioned climate negotiators Wednesday that global warming is leading to human dangers and soaring financial costs, but containing carbon emissions will have a host of benefits.

Rajendra Pachauri, head of the Nobel-winning , summarized a litany of potential disasters at a U.N. climate conference in the South African city of Durban. Although he gave no explicit deadlines, the implication was that time is running out for to level off and begin to decline.

Heat waves currently experienced once every 20 years will happen every other year by the end of this century, he said.

Coastal areas and islands are threatened with inundation by global warming, rain-reliant agriculture in Africa will shrink by half and many species will disappear. Within a decade, up to 250 million more people will face the stress of scarce water.

Increasingly frequent have imposed heavy financial burdens, with some poor countries running up 90 percent of their national debt to deal with the aftermath of storms, droughts and floods, he said.

But the Indian scientist said "many impacts can be avoided, reduced or delayed" by reducing emissions.

To stabilize carbon concentrations in the atmosphere would slow economic growth by 0.12 percent per year, he said, but those costs would be offset by improved health, greater energy security and more secure food supplies.

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1.7 / 5 (23) Nov 30, 2011
How many physicists does it take to change a light bulb?
None but they do have consensus that it will change.
Boycott all fear mongering media such as physorg.com.
3.5 / 5 (11) Nov 30, 2011
4.3 / 5 (6) Nov 30, 2011
Funny how many countries look at green tech as opportunity and new job creation whereas in our own country the needed changes are viewed purely as costs and destructive to our economy.

Also interesting that the same countries that have embraced alternatives so readily are not fossil fuel producers but net importers. Almost seems like the lack of a strong fossil fuel lobby allows the populace there to more easily embrace the energy changes with optimism and pride.
1.3 / 5 (13) Nov 30, 2011
Capital costs for setting up massive power grids is high with limited ROI.
Even Somalia has a profitable cell phone system.
Small scale, local power is a smart economic decision for remote, third world areas. But that power still has a cost and that power should be used to create wealth of some sort or will it be used just to power TVs and entertain the poor farmers?
1.3 / 5 (13) Nov 30, 2011
How many physicists does it take to change a light bulb?

Too many uncertainties to be sure and if no-one is looking then then light bulb might be On and Off at the same time. Gotta get myself a cat, a box and some poison gas pellets.

2.7 / 5 (7) Nov 30, 2011
How many physicists does it take to change a light bulb?
None but they do have consensus that it will change.
Boycott all fear mongering media such as physorg.com.

Then what are you doing here??
I almost want go all VD on you for a statement with such little thought behind it.
Having said that, the title is completely misleading and false. Conversion from fossil fuels to renewables, should the entire globe agree to do it, will be expensive but IMO well worth the cost. As far as fear mongering...pfft. Warning someone that if they cross a busy street that they may get hit by a car isn't fear mongering...it's just a logical caution aimed at maintaining someones well being. It's up to you whether you believe it can or can't happen. Same with the climate debate, choice is yours. Physorg reports are bias towards warming but do present releases to the contrary, the ratio is about the same as the percentage of scientists who believe in AGW vs. don't.
1 / 5 (12) Nov 30, 2011
How many physicists does it take to change a light bulb?

None but they do have consensus that it will change.
Boycott all fear mongering media such as physorg.com.

Many are concerned today about implications of the National Defense Authorization Act bill that the US Senate is set to vote on today or later this week:


Although our society is unstable, I hope world leaders are not so foolish as use legislation like the National Defense Authorization Act to try to stay in power.

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA Principal
Investigator for Apollo
3 / 5 (2) Dec 01, 2011
Omapaedo is afraid he will be jailed for his retarded theories on why noone credible supports his theory. Well dont worry they wont jail you for that. However buggering your own children i a different matter.

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