The next IPCC report due in March from the world’s top scientists is on impacts, and it isn’t pretty. One summary of a leaked draft of the report noted man-made climate change is likely to worsen “starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease.”
Berwick's announcement is the latest in a string of statements by candidates for the state's highest office in support of various environmental measures, signalling the race may have a strong focus on climate-related issues.
Surface temperatures would be warming much faster if not for various natural cooling factors, such as small volcanic eruptions since 2000. Since recent research shows surface temperatures have not slowed down, we should expect accelerated warming in the near future as some of these factors abate.