The 4th National Climate Assessment “Understated, Late, Nearly Useless?”

The National Assessment (full Report)

While the rest of the World focusses on the IPCC and the UN Report on Global Warming and the irreversible slide to a +2.0C World (don’t even consider +1.5C or +1.8F), are we left with a report by so many compromised government agencies that it is nearly useless for direction? Perhaps.

First off, we have not been “sliding” to a +1.8F World since 1901, as it states in sentence one.  We have been sliding towards +1.8F since ~1950 as the Figure 1.2 below illustrates.  Almost all of the anthropomorphic global warming has occurred since 1950.  The last 70 years.

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Second, we do not have “a few decades” to correct any of this. We have 15 years or less.

As for the section below “7. Indigenous Peoples”, their cultures are on the brink of disappearing. Unlike the last paragraph that seems to indicate they have it under control as part of self-determination, ask most tribal and First People councils what about Lakota self-determination or the memories they have of the XL Keystone pipeline.  Those struggles are fresh in our memories.  The tear gas and law enforcement agencies used to quell the resistance of First Peoples to what was being proposed for their water sheds and their communities does not bespeak “self-determination”.  So, watch Chief Oren Lyons before reading the report  ” 7. Indigenous Peoples”…

7. Indigenous Peoples

Climate change increasingly threatens Indigenous communities’ livelihoods, economies, health, and cultural identities by disrupting interconnected social, physical, and ecological systems.

“Many Indigenous peoples are reliant on natural resources for their economic, cultural, and physical well-being and are often uniquely affected by climate change. The impacts of climate change on water, land, coastal areas, and other natural resources, as well as infrastructure and related services, are expected to increasingly disrupt Indigenous peoples’ livelihoods and economies, including agriculture and agroforestry, fishing, recreation, and tourism.

“Adverse impacts on subsistence activities have already been observed. As climate changes continue, adverse impacts on culturally significant species and resources are expected to result in negative physical and mental health effects.

“Throughout the United States, climate-related impacts are causing some Indigenous peoples to consider or actively pursue community relocation as an adaptation strategy, presenting challenges associated with maintaining cultural and community continuity. While economic, political, and infrastructure limitations may affect these communities’ ability to adapt, tightly knit social and cultural networks present opportunities to build community capacity and increase resilience.

“Many Indigenous peoples are taking steps to adapt to climate change impacts structured around self-determination and traditional knowledge, and some tribes are pursuing mitigation actions through development of renewable energy on tribal lands.”


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