“Clairvoyant” climate report from 2012 predicts current weather conditions

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Most believe that accurately predicting the future is impossible, but this climate report challenges that idea.

A “clairvoyant” climate report from 2012 provided a noticeably accurate reading of the weather conditions that this planet is experiencing today.

Climate change has been proving itself to have deadly consequences for the planet for many years now, and the past few years have been exceptionally concerning to both the common citizen and scientists. However, those scientists have been warning humans for years about just how dangerous climate change is.

The 2012 report, written by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, stated “A changing climate leads to changes in the frequency, intensity, spatial extent, duration, and timing of extreme weather and climate events, and can result in unprecedented extreme weather and climate events.”

More specifically, the report noted that heatwaves, droughts, heavy rainfall, floods, and hurricanes would all worsen as climate change continued to be left unchecked by world governments. Current weather forecasts prove this as true.

“The report was exactly what a climate report should do: Warn us about the future in time for us to adapt before the worst stuff happens. And the world proceeded to do what it usually does. Some people and governments listened, others didn’t. I think the sad lesson is the damage has to occur very close to home or else nobody pays attention now,” says co-author Michael Oppenheimer, a Princeton University climate scientist.

Damage estimates from the 594-page long report have also been shown as accurate. The five cases of worsening weather highlighted in the report all now have recent examples. 

“Right now people are feeling it. It’s no longer the science telling them. All those warnings came true,” co-author and climate scientist Maarten van Aalst says.