PIK on Colder Winters & a Warmer Arctic

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research: Winter cold extremes linked to high-altitude polar vortex weakening When the strong winds that circle the Arctic slacken, cold polar air can escape and cause extreme winter chills in parts of the Northern hemisphere. A new study finds that these weak states have become more persistent over the past four decades and can be linked to cold winters in … Read more PIK on Colder Winters & a Warmer Arctic

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

Dada to Daesh: 100 Years Ago Today…

… on February 2nd 1916 in Zurich, Switzerland, the following announcement, written by Hugo Ball appeared in the local press: “The Cabaret Voltaire. Under this name a group of young artists and writers has formed with the object of becoming a center for artistic entertainment. In principle, the Cabaret will be run by artists, permanent guests, who, following their daily reunions, will give musical or literary performances. Young Zurich … Read more Dada to Daesh: 100 Years Ago Today…

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…

Trapped atmospheric waves triggered more weather extremes

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research  08/12/2014 Weather extremes in the summer – such as the record heat wave in the United States that hit corn farmers and worsened wildfires in 2012 – have reached an exceptional number in the last ten years. Man-made global warming can explain a gradual increase in periods of severe heat, but the observed change in the magnitude and duration … Read more Trapped atmospheric waves triggered more weather extremes

If We Release a Small Fraction of Arctic Carbon, ‘We’re Fucked’: Climatologist

Below the opening paragraphs of an article by  BRIAN MERCHANT from motherboard. You can read the full piece here. August 1, 2014 // 02:50 PM EST This week, scientists made a disturbing discovery in the Arctic Ocean: They saw “vast methane plumes escaping from the seafloor,” as the Stockholm University put it in a release disclosing the observations. The plume of methane—a potent greenhouse gas that traps heat more powerfully than carbon dioxide, the chief driver … Read more If We Release a Small Fraction of Arctic Carbon, ‘We’re Fucked’: Climatologist

Toward Unstoppable Sea-Level Rise

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 05/05/2014 Uncorking East Antarctica yields unstoppable sea-level rise The melting of a rather small ice volume on East Antarctica’s shore could trigger a persistent ice discharge into the ocean, resulting in unstoppable sea-level rise for thousands of years to come. This is shown in a study now published in Nature Climate Change by scientists from the Potsdam Institute for … Read more Toward Unstoppable Sea-Level Rise