“Global Sustainability – A Nobel Cause”

I haven’t read the book, as it isn’t out yet, but it looks worthwhile, even if Angela Merkel wrote the preface and maybe because Ian McEwan wrote the prologue (both of which you can read online): Joint Press Release by Cambridge University Press and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 02/08/2010 New book rises to the global sustainability challenge In the wake of the Copenhagen climate conference, … Read more “Global Sustainability – A Nobel Cause”

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

James Hansen on the Need for Copenhagen to Fail

‘We don’t have a leader who is able to grasp [the issue] and say what is really needed. Instead we are trying to continue business as usual,’ says James Hansen. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA”] The following interview with James Hansen was conducted by Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent for the Guardian and published in that newspaper on 2 December. Check out the Guardian’s version here, as it contains much more … Read more James Hansen on the Need for Copenhagen to Fail

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

Miles, Corbin, Kelly, Greenland, etcetera.

Miles Joris-Peyrafitte has a new band called  St. Jacques. They’re just back from the studio where they recorded two songs they call “The Fear of Landing” — you can hear them here! * * * For the last 2 weeks or so I have been exchanging thoughts & emails with Tom Cheetham, the Corbin scholar, mainly on the concept of Ta’wil in poetics. Tom has now put a good … Read more Miles, Corbin, Kelly, Greenland, etcetera.

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