By now, you’ve probably seen the term ‘turbine’ being used in many online discussions of this year’s annual climate change conference.
And you’d be right: the definition is a bit of a joke.
According to a new report from Climate Interactive, timber processing (or ‘tumultuous timber’) is an industrial process that involves using machinery to harvest, transport, process, and sell the wood.
The study states that “the industry has been growing at a rapid rate for decades, and its growth has largely driven the rate of climate change.”
In the United States alone, timber production rose from 6.2 million tons in 1973 to 27.2 billion tons in 2017.
And with the US government and corporations pushing for increased use of fossil fuels, climate change is going to make that process even more difficult.
As the study points out, the number of people who have been directly impacted by timber-related climate change will increase from 8.6 million to 17.9 million by 2060.
And as the study notes, the increased number of climate refugees is likely to make this situation even more dire.
So while the report does note that climate refugees are already experiencing more extreme weather and sea-level rise, it goes on to say that “climate refugees are also likely to face further climate change impacts.”
It further notes that “increasingly extreme weather events are also expected to become more common, resulting in higher temperatures and more extreme precipitation.”
So, it’s a little unclear how these climate refugees could ever get to a safe place to stay.
What about the future?
According to the report, if the US continues on its current trajectory, the United Kingdom will see an increase in the number and severity of severe weather and extreme precipitation events.
According the report: “The future of climate in the UK is uncertain.
Climate refugees are a large group of people with significant impacts on the country, with many living in cities.
It is therefore important that policymakers and policy makers in the United State take climate refugees into account when considering how to adapt to climate change, and the impact of climate impacts on people.”