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Hate Summer? Just Wait Until Global Warming Really Kicks In

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If you think summer is unbearable now, just wait until the end of the century.

According to "Risky Business," a report released on Tuesday by a bipartisan group of scientists and officials that included former Treasury secretary Hank Paulson and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, global warming is going to make it so hot and so humid over the next 80-plus years that going outside in the summer will be pretty much impossible.

In fact, it will be downright deadly. Climatologist Robert Kopp, the lead scientist behind the report, told Reuters that, "As temperatures rise, toward the end of the century, less than an hour of activity outdoors in the shade could cause a moderately fit individual to suffer heat stroke."

In other words, if you try to take a run on a hot day in the year 2085, there's a good chance that it will kill you.

But if we don't do something now to stop global warming, heat stroke will be the least of our worries.

That's because according to Michael Mann, one of the world's leading climate scientists, we only have until 2036 -- 22 years -- to prevent the Earth's temperature from rising 2 degrees Celsius.

After that, global warming will lock in with devastating consequences for every single living thing on this planet. Serious scientific bodies are even debating whether or not industrial civilization can survive such a drastic temperature increase and the type of crazy weather, wildfires, and drought that will come with it.

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Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning New York Times best-selling author, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk program on the Air America Radio Network, live noon-3 PM ET. His most recent books are "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights," "We The People," "What Would Jefferson Do?," "Screwed: The Undeclared War (more...)

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