TOP STORIES “In his debut as a Times Op-Ed columnist, Bret Stephens says reasonable people can be skeptical about the dangers of climate change”

… oh well, I guess that’s true and I can verify it by the fact that there are reasonable people who believe that white people are more intelligent than other people, that the earth is or was at some time flat, that the place of women is in the kitchen because they are obviously less intelligent than men, that Darwin was obviously wrong as man cannot descend from a monkey, … Read more TOP STORIES “In his debut as a Times Op-Ed columnist, Bret Stephens says reasonable people can be skeptical about the dangers of climate change”

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

Climate Talks: 2° Target

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research  11/15/2013 Success of climate talks vital for 2°C target  Achieving a global climate agreement soon could be crucial for the objective to keep global mean temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius. The challenges of meeting the long-term target will otherwise increase drastically both in terms of the required emissions reductions and economic impacts. This is shown by the first … Read more Climate Talks: 2° Target

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

Moroccan Solar Project Gets Go Ahead

via the Cleantechnica.com site: World Bank Group Co-Finances Morocco’s Ouarzazate 500 MW Solar Thermal Power Project NOVEMBER 19, 2011 BY ANDREW BURGER The World Bank approved $297 million in loans to Morocco to support construction and operation of Morocco’s 500-megawatt (MW) Ouarzazate Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant, one of several large scale solar power projects in various stages of planning or development across the solar energy rich Middle East-North Africa region. … Read more Moroccan Solar Project Gets Go Ahead

Vertical Stacked Forests?

For details of this venture happening in Milan, Italy, go here. Read more: Bosco Verticale in Milan Will Be the World’s First Vertical Forest Bosco Verticale – Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World “The Bosco Verticale is a system that optimizes, recuperates, and produces energy. Covered in plant life, the building aids in balancing the microclimate and in filtering the dust particles contained in the urban environment (Milan is one of the … Read more Vertical Stacked Forests?

Climate Change Remobilizes …

… Long Buried Pollution as Arctic Ice Melts Trapped toxic chemicals are escaping from melting snow and ice in the Arctic, according to new research Check out the following article from the Scientific American by Lauren Morello and ClimateWire  | July 25, 2011 | 11 Image: NASA Warming in the Arctic is causing the release of toxic chemicals long trapped in the region’s snow, ice, ocean and soil, according to a new study. Researchers from Canada, … Read more Climate Change Remobilizes …

Earth Day — Green Brain?

Check out this piece in the New York Times (published a year ago, but still a useful reminder on Earth Day 2010): Why Isn’t the Brain Green? By JON GERTNER Two days after Barack Obama was sworn in as president of the United States, the Pew Research Center released a poll ranking the issues that Americans said were the most important priorities for this year. At the top of … Read more Earth Day — Green Brain?

Lost Caul: Clayton Eshleman on Lascaux

In a previous post (here) I alerted readers to the disaster at Lascaux, and suggested everyone sign the petition for speedy action to save one of the core sites of earliest human art. If you haven’t done so yet, do it now (here) before or after you read Clayton Eshleman’s essay below. LASCAUX, LOST CAUL The cave of Lascaux, with its 600 paintings and 1500 engravings, is the most … Read more Lost Caul: Clayton Eshleman on Lascaux

How Stable is the Contemporary Environment?

Via the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research: Tipping Elements in the Earth System: How Stable is the Contemporary Environment? 12/08/2009 – A Special Feature of the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” presents the latest scientific insights on so-called tipping elements in the planetary environment. These elements have been identified as the most vulnerable large-scale components of the Earth System that may be profoundly altered by human … Read more How Stable is the Contemporary Environment?