Global Humanitarian Forum Report: Global Warming Crisis Reaching "Catastrophic" Level

A few days ago, we posted an article about the significant number of Americans who continue to deny the validity of global warming. The article generated a number of comments from individuals on both sides of the issue. A key element of the debate centered on whether or not there is "overwhelming evidence" supporting global warming.

A new report from the Global Humanitarian Forum can now be added to the overwhelming evidence (and yes, it's overwhelming, despite what the conspiracy theorists say) in support of the notion that global warming is very real and very worrisome. In fact, the report includes calculations that highlight just how serious the climate change crisis currently is and how bad it may get. The figures are staggering, to say the least

Over 45 million people are currently being negatively affected by global warming and as many as 300 million are vulnerable. These figures could double by the year 2030, according to the report. Currently, 300,000 people die every year as the result of climate change.

The vast majority (99 percent) of these deaths occur in developing nations, where the agricultural systems are unable to adjust to a warmer, dryer climate. Even a change of only a few degrees can mean that far less food can be grown, which drives up prices and leaves many unable to feed their families. The sad irony of this situation is that the developing nations who are most affected in such a scenario are currently contributing less than 1 percent of all global carbon emissions – it's the affluent, energy-consuming nations who have thrust them into this predicament.

"Climate change is the greatest emerging humanitarian challenge of our time, causing suffering to hundreds of millions of people worldwide," said Kofi Annan (former U.N. Secretary-General and the current president of the Global Humanitarian Forum).

Annan warned that the world would fall deeper into crisis if the United Nations' member states cannot reach a "global, effective, fair and binding" plan to stop climate change at the upcoming United Nations Climate Conference (scheduled to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark in December).

The Global Humanitarian Forum estimates that it will take a large injection of money (perhaps 100 times more than is currently being allocated) from established nations (in other words, the nations that are causing global warming) to assist developing nations in adapting to climate change.

6 comments
Posted by Partha Batabyal on June 18,2009 at 2:38 AM

So many people are talking about this "new report from the Global Humanitarian Forum"...but every link I found to this report seems to be dead. Does anyone know where in Internet the report could be accessible?

Posted by John G on June 10,2009 at 8:04 PM

R JG, my question is honest and sincere.  How, exactly, do "... 300,000 people die every year as the result of climate change."  I have read this report of relativistic hogwash and my question is still valid.  No relevant information can be gleaned from this 135 page document based on arbitrary standards and whimsical postulations. My point is that a collectivist group (the UN) is attempting to cloak their agenda under the premise that industrialized nations are killing third-world individuals.  Besides, I let the professors and politicians spew the rhetoric.  Now, if you would like brand my comment with "it's all their fault", go right ahead.  Please notice, the word "fault" implies that someone has done something wrong and did not appear once in my original post.  I'm not talking about fault, I'm talking about a better way to ensure one's own survival, at a cost to no one else.  I know for certain that if I were in their (these third-world people that we're killing) shoes, I'd find a way to feed my entire family, and probably make a buck or two at the same time...all-the-while not imposing my will onto someone else.  As for your other point:  In the last 100 years, our "economic existence [has been] better than subsistence" partially due to the facts that: 1) Americans are the most crafty and innovative creatures currently on the face of this planet, bar none. 2) Our government, until the mid-1900's left us alone to work...to produce...to create.  As far as "history goes", if you would like to fall in line as an "offshoot of the European tribes", be my guest.  I'll be an American, nothing more, certainly nothing less.  As to your final "nothing lasts forever" point:  You are correct.  This is a little law, albeit a universal law, called "entropy".  Politically speaking, the conservative person will seek to keep this system (the US) in equilibrium, while the progressive person will rush headlong into the wind to see that entropy takes place at a "progressive" rate.    I won't claim that conservatism is perfect, but it is certainly better than the alternative.  

Posted by Nonkey1 on June 1,2009 at 3:10 PM

You say "The figures are staggering, to say the least".

Er...yes. That's because they're nonsense.

This isn't evidence. It's computer-modeled hysteria.

Posted by R JG on June 1,2009 at 4:13 AM

John G,  Are your questions rhetorical or do you really want to find out. Suggestion. Log onto the website (http://assets.ghf-ge.org/downloads/humanimpactreport.pdf) download the report and then read it. You may learn something.  

On the issue of "It's all their fault".  It has only been in the last 100 years that people of the European tribes and their offshoots in the US and Australia have had an economic existence better than subsistance.  In historical terms the "blink of an eye."  I wouldn't talk too soon about fault and overstocked grocery shelves.  Nothing lasts forever and sometime forever may be closer than you think.

Posted by DeeWillyFree on May 30,2009 at 2:30 PM

The UN is a discredited organization and the Man Made Global Warming concept is going to be fought and fought tooth and nail. Thanks to Barrack Oabama and his Marxist blitzkrieg, the American public are now becoming sufficiently alarmed enough to generate the backlash. This backlash imho, will be strong enough to expose the whole myth of Man Made Glabal Warming for the carbon-based control effort it really is. To Hell with the Gore/Strong/UN/Obama/sorros/Marxist ideology and the Tyranny they envision as necessary to implement it !

We're getting ready for you now, boys. You cannot stifle free will. You cannot subjugate that which was given to us.

Posted by John G. on May 29,2009 at 4:20 PM

Please, pardon my ignorance.  How, exactly, do "... 300,000 people die every year as the result of climate change."  Every news story that I have found so far uses this number, but none have identified exactly how one might die due to "climate change".  The claim that "(99 percent) of these deaths occur...[due to] less food being grown" because of a rise in temperature is false and misleading.  If someone dies because they do not have enough to eat, it is called starvation, not "climate change".  Had it not been for innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit, our country would still be using third-world farming techniques and suffering from mass starvation.  When was the last time you visited a grocery store with barren shelves?  It is this affluent, energy-consuming nation that has provided more technology and innovation to the rest of the world than any other.  Instead of calling on the "established nations" to throw wads of cash at this "humanitarian challenge", why doesn't the Global Humanitarian Forum call on these helpless victim-states to improve their technologies and become better equipped to help themselves?  

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