Today the Observer reports that at Cancun, Scientists are to present a report warning that up to a billion people face homlessness due to the impact of climate change in this century.
This is just one striking statistic. But the real impact will be tremendous. How will we cope with the floods of refugees from lost and collapsing nations? How likely is conflict to arise? Where will they live? How will they be fed and where will they get water?
The stated targets of a 2 degree C mean temperature rise are now just a pipe dream.
"Researchers such as Richard Betts, head of climate impacts at the Met Office, calculate that a 4C rise could occur in less than 50 years," (from the Observer article 28/11/10)
We must face the truth. we are staring into the face of a 4 or more degree warmer world. Huge changes are in motion and the effects will be felt in our lifetimes and the lifetimes of our children.
The clock is ticking.