World Trade, Food, Environment

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 11/22/2011 Growing world trade makes food production cheaper – at the expense of the environment Further opening of the markets for agricultural products leads to lower production costs for food. This will happen at the expense of the environment though, if for example forests are turned into cropland. The conflict of interests between food production and climate protection … Read more World Trade, Food, Environment

Low solar activity shows little impact on climate

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 09/01/2011 Study on the Little Ice Age: Low solar activity just marginally cools the climate    The weakening sun was not the determinant factor for the Little Ice Age. Strong volcanic eruptions in particular, but also a smaller amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere were important factors during this period of cooler climate in the 16th and 17th … Read more Low solar activity shows little impact on climate

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 …

Latest Potsdam Institute Report

I enjoy the Potsdam Institute’s reports, though at times, like today, they seem too much in bed, or at least embedded in industry — but then of course energy is the biggest industry around & there is no model for a non-business (i.e. non-capitalist) alternative energy grid. Interesting though that in the report below the association Europe-North Africa is taken for granted, even if any definitions of such intercourse remain unspoken. … Read more Latest Potsdam Institute Report

Less CO2-emissions = more economic growth

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK): 21/02/2011 EU climate target: Less CO2-emissions could trigger more economic growth. Increasing the EU’s 2020 greenhouse gas reduction target from 20% to 30% could help boosting European investments from 18% to up to 22% of GDP, leading to a GDP increase of up to €620bn ($840bn) and the creation of up to 6 millions additional jobs. These are … Read more Less CO2-emissions = more economic growth

What’s 2 Degrees Celsius?

Press release from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK): 12/09/2010 Talk at Cancun is of 2 degrees Celsius – even 1.5 degrees would have effects lasting centuries Even global warming of just 1.5 degrees Celsius would have consequences for centuries. The oceans store elevated temperatures for a longer time than was previously thought.  This is due to a change in ocean-atmosphere heat exchange, scientists of the Potsdam … Read more What’s 2 Degrees Celsius?

Global Warming, Cooler Winters

Here, the latest Press Release from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). 11/16/2010 Global Warming could cool down temperatures in winter The overall warming of the earth’s northern half could result in cold winters. The shrinking of sea-ice in the eastern Arctic causes some regional heating of the lower levels of air – which  may lead to strong anomalies in atmospheric airstreams, triggering an overall cooling of … Read more Global Warming, Cooler Winters

Climate Research: More weight for the human factor

Here the latest Press Release from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). I would add a sixth challenge without which the other five will remain beholden to the old and persistent ways of doing things that got us into this situation in the first place, namely an epistemological change in our way of thinking about homo (not so) sapiens as player in the world. A change that … Read more Climate Research: More weight for the human factor

Melting Glaciers Threaten Central Asia

Just in case we’ve forgotten about the Big Weather question while biting our nails worrying about the Republican backlash next week, here’s an article to remind us of the bigger picture out there. And it ain’t a pretty picture: Kyrgyzstan: Melting Glaciers Threaten Central Asia’s Ecological and Energy Future This year, according to the whitewater-rafting guide, the water was too high, it was too dangerous. The group of beginners … Read more Melting Glaciers Threaten Central Asia

Bacteria, BP & Big Bucks

Well, Cloclo’s Kali Yug will have to wait until tomorrow, despite your baited breath, gentle readers, but the following seems important enough to disrupt the summer Beach Reading tales. Nicole — who is off to New Orleans to take part in fund-raising art & poetry activities meant to help alleviate ever so slightly the plight of the Gulf (click here for details) — sent me a piece of journalism … Read more Bacteria, BP & Big Bucks