The IPCC has chosen a somewhat different tactic to scare everyone into giving up their rights. Now it's the poor and underserved that they're trying to spare.
After five days of sometimes tense negotiations, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change adopted its fourth and final report this year, along with a summary, on the science of climate change and the effects of human-produced greenhouse gases.
No matter that the UN stood by and did absolutely nothing while 800,000 poor, destitute Rwandans were slaughtered. No wait, they did manage to initiate underage sex slave trade in various other poor, destitute countries so at least they provided some jobs.
The document says recent research has heightened concern that the poor and the elderly will suffer most from climate change; that hunger and disease will be more common; that droughts, floods and heat waves will afflict the world's poorest regions; and that more animal and plant species will vanish.
There's just no advantage for the UN to get involved in something like the debacle in Rwanda. But get governments to raise taxes, take away freedoms and dictate what a citizen can or can't do and the UN is there like flies on a fresh turd. And this is the kicker.
The Summary for Policymakers, and a longer version called the synthesis report, distill thousands of pages of data and computer models resulting from six years of research compiled by the IPCC.
It will be a how-to guide for policy makers meeting in Bali, Indonesia, next month to discuss an agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.
The report is important because it is adopted by consensus, meaning countries accept the underlying science and cannot disavow its conclusions [emphasis mine]. While it does not commit governments to a specific course of action, it provides a common scientific baseline for the political talks.
The eco-loons expect everybody to grab their ankles on this deal because, now, it's for the chilluns and the elderly.