Climate change action moves forward, but not in U.S.
As the world works to fully understand the effects of climate change through a recent United Nations report, the United States legislator continues to debate the existence of global warming.
On Monday, a panel of U.N. scientific experts released a report concluding that climate change and the earth's warming will continue to strain global food supplies. Just last week, the U.S. House of Representatives debated whether or not climate change exists.
The U.N. report explained that as the world grows warmer, decreased rainfall affects food supplies in different areas around the earth, increasing global market prices and creating "hotspots of hunger" for those in nations with limited resources. The last U.N. panel report in 2007 did not conclude whether or not climate change would effect food supplies. Today's report confirms that climate change has already affected the global food market and will continue to, unless the world takes action to adapt and build up irrigation infrastructure, among other efforts.
The 32-volume report was a collaboration of hundreds of authors and editors from across the world, with thousands of expert and government officials reviewing the results, which concluded that everyone will be effected, despite geography and wealth, as food prices could rise up to 84 percent by 2050. The report and panel urged adaptation and measures to reduce emissions, but warned that lack of action in the past is already affecting the present.
The news comes just days after a disastrously unproductive climate change hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives. Republican leaders such as Reps. Randy Weber (R-Texas) and Bill Posey (R-Fla.) treated climate change with sarcasm and skepticism while many Democrats were equally disrespectful to their colleagues, further polarizing the room's atmosphere with condescension.
"With 97 percent of scientists stating that climate change is manmade, I'm encouraged to see that some of my colleagues from across the aisle have given voice to the minority 3 percent," Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Cali.) said during the hearing, adding, "This is encouraging for the other minorities that my colleagues across the aisle have not helped out."
As the world tries to adapt to climate change, many Americans have still not accepted its existence and threat to the present and future. According to a Pew survey, 1 in 4 Americans still believe that there is no solid evidence of global warming. Fewer have listed climate change as a top priority for the government to address.