Here's a solid review of the recent scientific reports on climate change, pollution and all its ill effects on the planet:http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2 ... ng-impacts
Rather long, but worth reading from top to bottom.
It brings to mind that I'm probably going to die prematurely due to pollution, climate change and/or social upheaval and conflict that will result from all this. Rather sobering, though honest. I think we can read these articles again and again, and just think it'll be poor people in the third world dying of drought again, though in time to come it could very well be you or me.
I don't hold out much hope for solutions given humanity's inability to voluntarily reduce energy consumption in a permanent fashion. Even having new more efficient technology would just increase energy consumption in the long term as it would free that energy and make it available for new purposes. That's Jevon's paradox:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jevons_paradox
If these dire warnings turn out to be true (and it sure looks that way), all bets are off on having a stable human civilization over the next number of decades. That means being psychologically and spiritually prepared for it will become essential, especially in the face of death.