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

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

Stupendous Speed of Climate Change

via Stanford University news, opening paras of article you can read in full here: Climate change on pace to occur 10 times faster than any change recorded in past 65 million years, Stanford scientists say Not only is the planet undergoing one of the largest climate changes in the past 65 million years, Stanford climate scientists Noah Diffenbaugh and Chris Field report that it’s on pace to occur at … Read more Stupendous Speed of Climate Change

Each degree of global warming might ultimately raise global sea levels by more than 2 meters

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research  07/15/2013 Greenhouse gases emitted today will cause sea level to rise for centuries to come. Each degree of global warming is likely to raise sea level by more than 2 meters in the future, a study now published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows. While thermal expansion of the ocean and melting mountain glaciers are … Read more Each degree of global warming might ultimately raise global sea levels by more than 2 meters

Chris Hedges on Climate Change

Last week I posted the Potsdam Climate Institutes assessment of climate change, research undertook on behalf of the World Bank. Reactions are coming in — below Chris Hedges’ article for Truthdig, which you can read in toto here: Stand Still for the Apocalypse Posted on Nov 26, 2012 By Chris Hedges Humans must immediately implement a series of radical measures to halt carbon emissions or prepare for the collapse of entire ecosystems and the … Read more Chris Hedges on Climate Change

A Future Without Climate Policy

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 11/19/2012 4-degrees briefing for the World Bank: The risks of a future without climate policy Humankind’s emissions of greenhouse gases are breaking new records every year. Hence we’re on a path towards 4-degree global warming probably as soon as by the end of this century. This would mean a world of risks beyond the experience of our civilization – … Read more A Future Without Climate Policy

Rio+20 Summit & Climate Protection

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 06/05/2012 Rio+20: Climate protection and poverty reduction both depend on a new global treaty The Rio+20 summit could help pave the way towards a new global accord that links the crucial issues of climate protection and prosperity. “If the world wants to mitigate dangerous climate change, the discussions in Rio have to go beyond the very broad sustainability issue … Read more Rio+20 Summit & Climate Protection

Greenland Ice Sheet : The Big Meltdown?

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 03/09/2012 Greenland ice sheet may melt completely with 1.6 degrees global warming  The Greenland ice sheet is likely to be more vulnerable to global warming than previously thought. The temperature threshold for melting the ice sheet completely is in the range of 0.8 to 3.2 degrees Celsius global warming, with a best estimate of 1.6 degrees above pre-industrial levels, … Read more Greenland Ice Sheet : The Big Meltdown?

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

Climate Dents in Humankind´s Family Tree

This is today as the latest Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) Climate dents in humankind´s family tree: new correlations discovered     Climate changes in Earth’s history have influenced the fate of modern man´s ancestors, but until now it has not been clear why some evolutionary variations developed or disappeared. Scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Potsdam University have … Read more Climate Dents in Humankind´s Family Tree