And global warming isn't the sole villain in future climate disasters, the climate report says. An even bigger problem will be the number of people — especially the poor — who live in harm's way.
The 18-page summary report isn't completely grim. It says some "low-regrets measures" can help reduce disaster risks and costs, including better preparedness, sustainable land and water management, better public health monitoring and building improvements.
University of Victoria climate scientist Andrew Weaver, who was not among the authors, said the report was written to be "so bland" that it may not matter to world leaders.
But Masters said the basic findings seem to be proven true by actual events.
"In the U.S., this has been the weirdest weather year we've had for my 30 years, hands down."
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: http://www.ipcc.ch/
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on weather extremes: http://1.usa.gov/sYQQRv
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