There was something much more important in this week's news than the Republican wrecking crew shutting down much of the U.S. government, dramatic as that assault on democracy seems. It's a terrible commentary on the failure of our current political, social and economic system that the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report barely caused a ripple of notice.
Advancing climate devastation is the existential issue of our time. Only massive of use of nuclear weapons comes even close as a threat to human and other planetary life. For the moment, the latter danger seems to have receded. But our rulers continue to fixate on "terrorism" -- a small scale if dramatic calamity -- and the antics of the Grumpy Old (white) People's party.
I'll outsource explication of the latest IPPC report to Dr. Jeff Masters at the weather site, Wunderground. He's striving for an analogy to help us appreciate the danger and found a timely one.
Master is terrific at describing just what the scientific data mean about how weather will be changed as carbon pollution climbs. Read it all.