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?

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

Earth 'heading for 6C' of warming

via the BBC — check full story here: Average global temperatures are on course to rise by up to 6C without urgent action to curb CO2 emissions, the lead author of a new analysis says. Emissions rose by 29% between 2000 and 2008, says the Global Carbon Project. All of that growth came in developing countries, but a quarter of it came through production of goods for consumption in … Read more Earth 'heading for 6C' of warming

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

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