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?

Juan Cole's Top Ten Questions for Copenhagen

Via Juan Cole’s Informed Comment blog: Top Ten Questions about Climate Change on the Eve of Copenhagen Is the earth’s climate warming? Indisputably. Has the pumping of vast amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by human beings since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution contributed to global climate change? Also, indisputably. Would extra carbon dioxide in the atmosphere cause warming? In the absence of some sort of offset, … Read more Juan Cole's Top Ten Questions for Copenhagen

Fourteen days to seal history's judgment on this generation

Copenhagen climate change conference: ‘Fourteen days to seal history’s judgment on this generation’ This editorial calling for action from world leaders on climate change is published today by 56 newspapers around the world in 20 languages Article history Today 56 newspapers in 45 countries take the unprecedented step of speaking with one voice through a common editorial. We do so because humanity faces a profound emergency. Unless we combine … Read more Fourteen days to seal history's judgment on this generation

Antarctic Temperature & Carbon Dioxide

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 11/11/2009 The nature of past Antarctic temperature lead over carbon dioxide is clarified The analysis of past changes of Antarctic temperature and the concentration of greenhouse gases alone cannot reveal causal relationships in the climate system. A recent modeling study shows that several climate processes need to be taken into account to discern causes and consequences. In the … Read more Antarctic Temperature & Carbon Dioxide

Copenhagen must be a Turning Point towards Global Sustainability

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 60 Nobel Laureates: Copenhagen must be a Turning Point towards Global Sustainability 60 Nobel Laureates are calling on world leaders for a global deal on climate change that matches the scale and urgency of the human, ecological and economic crises facing the world today. Political leadership is now more necessary than ever. The call comes in a Memorandum … Read more Copenhagen must be a Turning Point towards Global Sustainability

Jolly Eschatology

Via signandsight, an interview with the authors of a book out only in German so far, but that may be quite worthwhile translating, even if much of its political/cultural aim is German-directed. Any takers? Claus Leggewie and Harald Welzer have written a book about the end of the world as we knew it. They tell Jan Feddersen why. Taz: Herr Leggewie, Herr Welzer, the economy is showing signs of … Read more Jolly Eschatology

Anthropocene: the Shortest Geological Epoch?

Interesting speculations in this week’s New Scientist cocnerning what Earth will look like after we are through with it (& it with us, of course). Below, the opening paragraphs of Bob Holmes’ piece. You can read the full article here. Post-human Earth: How the planet will recover from us WHEN Nobel prize-winning atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen coined the word Anthropocene around 10 years ago, he gave birth to a … Read more Anthropocene: the Shortest Geological Epoch?

ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS

From: Yale Daily News, Nov. 14, 2008[Printer-friendly version] STUDY WARNS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS By Stephannie Furtak If new research by Yale scientists is any indication, it may alreadybe too late for the environment. An international team of 10 researchers — including Yale professorsof geology and geophysics Mark Pagani and Robert Berner — determinedthat current levels of carbon dioxide have already surpassed theestimated cutoff level that would cause damage to … Read more ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS