An aerial view of vehicles submerged in flood waters along the South Platte River near Greenley, Colorado September 14, 2013. Farming communities along the South Platte River were ordered to evacuate ahead of a predicted surge in the flooding which may have claimed a fifth life and has left many still unaccounted for, according to authorities.
Climate Response Goes Local
August 28, 2014,
The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) draft “synthesis report” leaked this week and the findings are almost all dire. Higher seas, devastating heat waves, torrential rain, and other climate extremes are all intensifying, says the report, according to the New York Times. Runaway growth in the emission of greenhouse gases is overwhelming nations’ relatively weak efforts to limit pollution. And get ready for much worse: Without much more forceful action to curb emissions world-wide, the impacts of climate change in the coming decades will be “severe, pervasive, and irreversible,” says the IPCC.