Climate change likely to be worse than even forthcoming pessimistic report

WASHINGTON (AP) — Later this week in Paris, climate scientists will issue a dire forecast for the planet that warns of slowly rising sea levels and higher temperatures. But that may be the sugarcoated version. USA Today.

Now that even George Bush is conceding there is global warming, and a “conclusive” report to be out next week, many scientists think even that is not pessimistic enough because of the sudden increased melting of the Greenland ice cap and changes in Antarctica.

Serious people who are willing to read though some difficult material will find much more on climate change on the popular blog Real Climate, where climatetologists discuss the matter rather than radio talk show hosts.






  1. danlewer Avatar

    Hi Ralph – this kind of news is very depressing, but quite regular. A national newspaper in the UK last week published a story on an unexpected surge in atmospheric carbon:,,1994071,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=1.

    The problem is that consumers and businesses don’t know what to do with this kind of information. There are some things we know we should do, such as using public transport or shopping sensibly at the supermarket. But reports saying that climate change is more serious than previously thought are difficult to factor into these kinds of behaviour changes.

    You are right. Climate change can’t be stopped with voluntary action. That’s why governments have to be involved and why Bush’s inaction is so awful.

  2. Ed Darrell Avatar

    Thanks for the heads up.

    What happened to the nice photo on your masthead?

    I changed to a WordPress “theme” that doesn’t allow a masthead photo, but l like the theme because it doesn’t waste much space. Ralph Maughan


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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