Turning the Climate Tide by 2020

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 28/06/2017 The world needs high-speed climate action for an immediate bending-down of the global greenhouse-gas emissions curve, leading experts caution. Aggressive reduction of fossil-fuel usage is the key to averting devastating heat extremes and unmanageable sea level rise, the authors argue in a comment published in the renowned scientific journal Nature this week. In the run-up to the G20 … Read more Turning the Climate Tide by 2020

A “Carbon Law” offers pathway to halve emissions every decade

Press release by the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research On the eve of this year’s Earth hour (25 March), researchers propose a solution in the journal Science (24 March) for the global economy to rapidly reduce carbon emissions. The authors argue a carbon roadmap, driven by a simple rule of thumb or “carbon law” of … Read more A “Carbon Law” offers pathway to halve emissions every decade

Uri Avnery on The Need to Vote, or, The Lesser Evil

November 5, 2016                                  The Lesser Evil  WHO WILL win the elections in the US in three days? I know for sure. No need to ask the public opinion polls, the modern equivalent of the Roman interpreters of animal entrails and the more modern readers of coffee grounds. The polls are no more exact. The winner will be the PLE – the Party of Lesser Evil. Or, in … Read more Uri Avnery on The Need to Vote, or, The Lesser Evil

Burning all fossil energy…

…would raise sea-level by more than 50 meters – and eliminate all ice of Antarctica  Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 09/14/2015 Burning all of the world’s available fossil-fuel resources would result in the complete melting of the Antarctic ice sheet, a new study published in Science Advances shows. The Antarctic ice masses store water equivalent to more than 50 meters of sea-level rise. The … Read more Burning all fossil energy…

James Hansen & Climate Danger in the ‘Hyper-Anthropocene’ Age

Here the two concluding sections of J. Hansen et alii‘s paper: Ice melt, sea level rise and superstorms: evidence from paleoclimate data, climate modeling, and modern observations that 2 ◦C global warming is highly dangerous. You can find the whole paper, footnotes, bibliography & figures here. (…) 7 The Anthropocene The Anthropocene (Crutzen and Stoermer, 2000), the era in which humans have contributed to global climate change, is usually assumed to … Read more James Hansen & Climate Danger in the ‘Hyper-Anthropocene’ Age

BP Oil Spill: Four Years Later

via the Audubon Society: April 20th marked the four-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This horrific accident killed 11 people and spilled over four million barrels of oil into the delicate ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico. The effect on bird populations in the area is just now being realized. This week, the New York Times reported on a peer-reviewed study that estimates … Read more BP Oil Spill: Four Years Later

The World in a Wheelchair

An interesting, scary &, I believe, accurate article by Eric Holthaus on where we are at concerning global warming was just published by Quartz. Below, the opening paragraphs & the graph: So it’s come to this. Last year, a researcher presented a paper on climate change at the American Geophysical Union’s meeting entitled ”Is Earth F**ked?” which advocated “environmental direct action, resistance taken from outside the dominant culture, as in protests, blockades and sabotage … Read more The World in a Wheelchair

Quantifying Climate Impacts

Joint press release by the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)  02/07/2012 Quantifying climate impacts: new comprehensive model comparison launched Climate change has impacts on forests, fields, rivers – and thereby on humans that breathe, eat and drink. To assess these impacts more accurately, a comprehensive comparison of computer-based simulations from all over the world will start this week. For … Read more Quantifying Climate Impacts

Latest Potsdam Institute Report

I enjoy the Potsdam Institute’s reports, though at times, like today, they seem too much in bed, or at least embedded in industry — but then of course energy is the biggest industry around & there is no model for a non-business (i.e. non-capitalist) alternative energy grid. Interesting though that in the report below the association Europe-North Africa is taken for granted, even if any definitions of such intercourse remain unspoken. … Read more Latest Potsdam Institute Report