31 March 2014 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) today issued a report saying the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans. The world, in many cases, is ill-prepared for risks from a changing climate. The report also concludes that there are opportunities to respond to such risks, though the risks will be difficult to manage with high levels of warming.

Severe Weather Conditions are predicted by IPCC as result of Climate Change around the World

The report, titled Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, from Working Group II of the IPCC, details the impacts of climate change to date, the future risks from a changing climate, and the opportunities for effective action to reduce risks. A total of 309 coordinating lead authors, lead authors, and review editors, drawn from 70 countries, were selected to produce the report. They enlisted the help of 436 contributing authors, and a total of 1,729 expert and government reviewers.

The report concludes that responding to climate change involves making choices about risks in a changing world. The nature of the risks of climate change is increasingly clear, though climate change will also continue to produce surprises. The report identifies vulnerable people, industries, and ecosystems around the world. It finds that risk from a changing climate comes from vulnerability (lack of preparedness) and exposure (people or assets in harm’s way) overlapping with hazards (triggering climate events or trends). Each of these three components can be a target for smart actions to decrease risk.

“We live in an era of man-made climate change,” said Vicente Barros, Co-Chair of Working Group II. “In many cases, we are not prepared for the climate-related risks that we already face. Investments in better preparation can pay dividends both for the present and for the future.” (read more)

As those who travel more frequently by air-planes are CEO’s of Coal Mining Companies and the likes. As all tragedy are by default learning experience. The least the second-hand perpetrators ( second hand because, users by default of using the modern tools which they buy and create demand thereof,might be the first) could do to help in abatement of Climate Change is to pause and find that perhaps the old fashioned mining for Coal is a better option than making an open cast mine. We all understand that the present Renewable Energy Solutions are “bridge solutions” at best and we need further R&D to perfect it. But this does not give us the excuse to rip the heart out because some idiot, greedy, short-sighted human, whose only contribution to this planet was amassing riches from the plunder of earth; said it was cheap. The families of any natural disaster victim would tell you what price they have paid for the folly of following the path of self- aggrandizement by a few.

A few ideas can be found in the articles which our PM must read (Sustainable Mining should be The BASICs agenda at UNFCCC-Doha.;Green Business Ideas Abandoned coalfields can boost RE and save forest in India.). It may help save India and perhaps the Planet.