Dada to Daesh: 100 Years Ago Today…

… on February 2nd 1916 in Zurich, Switzerland, the following announcement, written by Hugo Ball appeared in the local press: “The Cabaret Voltaire. Under this name a group of young artists and writers has formed with the object of becoming a center for artistic entertainment. In principle, the Cabaret will be run by artists, permanent guests, who, following their daily reunions, will give musical or literary performances. Young Zurich … Read more Dada to Daesh: 100 Years Ago Today…

Human-made climate change suppresses the next ice age

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 01/14/2016  Humanity has become a geological force that is able to suppress the beginning of the next ice age, a study now published in the renowned scientific journal Nature shows. Cracking the code of glacial inception, scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research found the relation of insolation and CO2 concentration in the atmosphere to be … Read more Human-made climate change suppresses the next ice age

Cold, hot or dry: Persistent weather extremes associated with decreased storm activity

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) A decrease in storm activity over large parts of the US, Europe, Russia, and China is found to influence weather extremes – cold ones in winter, hot or dry ones in summer. This is now shown in a study by scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. The observed changes in storm activity are likely related … Read more Cold, hot or dry: Persistent weather extremes associated with decreased storm activity

A Poem For The Paris Climate Talks

Listening to the opening ceremonies of the Paris talks on French radio on this pre-dawn morning, I remembered a poem I wrote years ago, & want to repost here today: [Introït to my Purgatory] the biggest lie is that we were kicked out of Paradise no one kicked us out of Paradise. No one. Not even ourselves. We did. We did besmirch the place. Shat on the floor of paradise. … Read more A Poem For The Paris Climate Talks

James Hansen & Climate Danger in the ‘Hyper-Anthropocene’ Age

Here the two concluding sections of J. Hansen et alii‘s paper: Ice melt, sea level rise and superstorms: evidence from paleoclimate data, climate modeling, and modern observations that 2 ◦C global warming is highly dangerous. You can find the whole paper, footnotes, bibliography & figures here. (…) 7 The Anthropocene The Anthropocene (Crutzen and Stoermer, 2000), the era in which humans have contributed to global climate change, is usually assumed to … Read more James Hansen & Climate Danger in the ‘Hyper-Anthropocene’ Age

“Humanity at risk:” climate scientist Schellnhuber speaks at the Vatican

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 06/18/2015 Pope Francis’ much anticipated encyclical “Laudato Si” on inequality and the environment mirrors not only religious insights but also the findings of climate science. “Not the poor but the wealthy are putting our planet, and ultimately humanity, at risk,” said Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), at the presentation of the … Read more “Humanity at risk:” climate scientist Schellnhuber speaks at the Vatican

What would it take to limit climate change to 1.5°C?

Press Release by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 05/21/2015 A new study analyzes the required climate policy actions and targets in order to limit future global temperature rise to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2100. This level is supported by more than 100 countries worldwide, including those most vulnerable to climate change, as a safer goal than the … Read more What would it take to limit climate change to 1.5°C?

Towards a new industrial revolution: studying societies’ metabolism

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 05/19/2015 To achieve a lasting transition towards sustainability, large-scale conversion of our built environment – cities, transport systems, power generation – is key. This is an outcome of a special feature investigating advances in the research on industrial ecology, to be published in the Proceedings of the US National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and coordinated by the Potsdam Institute … Read more Towards a new industrial revolution: studying societies’ metabolism

Gulf Stream in Trouble

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 03/24/2015  Atlantic Ocean overturning found to slow down already today The Atlantic overturning is one of Earth’s most important heat transport systems, pumping warm water northwards and cold water southwards.  Also known as the Gulf Stream system, it is responsible for the mild climate in northwestern Europe. Scientists now found evidence for a slowdown of the overturning – multiple … Read more Gulf Stream in Trouble

Summer storm weakening leads to more persistent heat extremes

Press Release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 03/13/2015 – Embargo lifted Storm activity in large parts of the US, Europe and Russia significantly calmed down during summers over the past decades, but this is no good news. The weakening of strong winds associated with the jetstream and weather systems prolongs and hence intensifies heat extremes like the one in Russia in 2010 which caused devastating crop … Read more Summer storm weakening leads to more persistent heat extremes