16 September 2017   Leave a comment

Recent research indicates that the process of climate change is even more dangerous than we have expected.  According to Scientific American:

“Scientists Yangyang Xu and Veerabhadran Ramanathan found in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) that there already exists a 1 in 20 chance that the 2.2 trillion tons of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere could cause an existential warming threat. This “fat tail” scenario would mean the world experiences “existential/unknown” warming by 2100 — defined in the report as more than 5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.”

A 1 in 20 chance is extraordinarily high.  Particularly when one considers that those odds concerning extinction will be experienced, not by us, but by our grandchildren.


The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and associated agencies have released their annual report on the state of food insecurity in the world.  The report has a dismal conclusion:

“After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger appears to be on the rise, affecting 11 percent of the global population.

“In addition to an increase in the proportion of the world’s population that suffers from chronic hunger (prevalence of undernourishment), the number of undernourished people on the planet has also increased to 815 million, up from 777 million in 2015.”

To make matters worse, food production will have to increase by about 50% to feed the expected population in 2050.  This shortage exists despite the fact that today “there is more than enough food produced in the world to feed everyone, yet 815 million people go hungry.”


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Posted September 16, 2017 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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