Also from the section:
If a low carbon transition is not engineered within the decade, the consequences will be dire regardless of the ultimate magnitude since they involve irreversible damage: the extinction of whole species, and thousands upon thousands of human lives lost.
Well, no. It is all about the “ultimate magnitude” of the changes forecast. A one degree warming over the next century (the amount of change cited by many experts as most likely) would be inconsequential. A ten-degree change would obviously be catastrophic. Of course, species extinction has been continuing since the origin of life. Of all the species that ever existed on the planet, 99.99% are now extinct.
The section took the claims a step further:
In worst case, not solving the climate change could render large areas of the planet unsuitable for human existence outdoors. The injustices, environmental irresponsibility and inhumanity are simply staggering.
The conclusion to the section is ominous, raising the specter of future Nuremberg-like trials for those who do not support the climate scare:
Despite the complexity of the topic, ignorance is no excuse for inaction, and indifference can be tied to complicity. With this report, there is now a comprehensive current-day economic justification for action in addition to the human, ethical, environmental and rights-based arguments already in wide circulation. Civil society groups, communicators and people of all kinds in positions of public influence or authority within their communities, whether in faith based groups, municipal or educational establishments, should find no further obstacles to taking a stand to tackling climate change.
The report ironically then advises communicators and the media to “question received wisdom.”
Natural climate change has affected societies throughout history, and the lack of preparedness for change ended some civilizations tragically. Consequently, the authors of the new report are right to promote preparation and adaptation to climate change. But climate change does not happen in only one direction, and we cannot halt it no matter what we do. The “Climate Vulnerability Monitor” should not be used as a basis for policy planning.