The report warns of chronic food shortages, uncontrollable wildfires, and the mass extinction of coral reefs within the next two decades."
"The UN report also describes consequences that are considerably worse than previously thought, and puts the blame squarely on our carbon based economy. The report states that the damage is so dire that reversing it in time requires transforming the world economy at a speed with “no documented historic precedent.
The UN report was based on more than 6,000 scientific references from 91 highly credentialed authors across 40 countries.
The reaction around the world has been one of shock with major calls to reverse the trend that would see temperatures soaring and ecological systems collapse. That was of course, everyone other than Donald Trump, who largely ignored the report, then claimed global warming could actually be "fabulous".
Speaking on the White House lawn to reporters yesterday, Trump suggested that he had received other unspecified reports that were as valid as the United Nation's.
"I can give you reports that are fabulous, and I can give you reports that aren't so good," Trump said.
Trump has yet to make these fabulous reports public leading to the obvious conclusion that they do not exist and he is making them up.
The Climate Denying Media
It is unclear what Trump really believes about climate change given he is prone to changing his mind on any given subject according to who he has spoken to that day. But it is clear that Trump's policy platform is a product of a coordinated right wing network in America that exists to further the interests of giant corporations and the ultra rich at almost any cost. Billionaire donors, far right think tanks, and conservative media outlets work diligently to spread misinformation about climate change, and have created a narrative that there are "two sides" to the debate. The strategy has worked enormously well, with vast sectors of the US population genuinely believing global warming is a left wing conspiracy. Take for example, Breitbart reader reactions to the UN report (note: we don't link to Breitbart as a matter of policy at the Banter):
There are thousands more comments just like this, some so deranged they are impossible to decipher.
This is not to pick on Breitbart readers necessarily (although as a group they are a uniquely dangerous presence in America), but to show the toxic effects of coordinated right wing propaganda. The Breitbart piece being commented on makes no reference to climate change being "fake", but it doesn't have to. Their readers have been so well trained to disbelieve in science or anything coming out of a "globalist" organization like the United Nations that they no longer need to spell it out. Just as Breitbart posts innocuous pieces about Michelle Obama to get clicks from virulent white supremacists, the editorial team knows mentioning climate change is enough to cause a feeding frenzy of conspiracy theories and vitriolic hatred towards liberals/science/the environment.
There is little point in going into the debate on climate change given there isn't one. No amount of hard evidence is going to convince the millions of Americans who have been indoctrinated by sites like Breitbart to believe in it, so the battle against climate change must go on without them.
It is important to understand exactly what the civilized world is up against though. Breitbart and other climate change denying organizations are no longer fringe actors -- they are mainstream American power centers committed to helping destroy the planet's bio-systems. Just as Donald Trump cannot be reasoned with, neither can climate change deniers. They must be fought, they must be beaten, and as John McCain's former campaign manager Steve Schmidt has said on numerous occasions, they must finally be destroyed.