"Highlighting the threat of global warming pollution, killer floods have struck Durban, South Africa, as international climate talks begin there. Ten people along South Africa’s east coast were killed, 700 houses destroyed, and thousands left homeless following torrential rains on Sunday." Brad Johnson reports for Think Progress Green November 28, 2011.
Climate change has increasingly been linked to hurricanes, floods, and other extreme weather. This year so far, the U.S. has seen 14 weather-related disasters that caused more than $1 billion damage each. Business pays a huge price -- measured in hundreds of billions a year in the U.S. alone -- for weather variations. There is a lot of reason to think U.S. businesspeople would see better profits if climate change were mitigated. Erica Gies reports for Forbes November 28, 2011.
"Concentrations of the three main greenhouse gases blamed for global warming reached record levels in 2010 and will linger in the atmosphere for decades, even if the world stops emissions output today, the U.N.'s weather agency said on Monday."