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Global Impacts with Irreversible Changes [INFOGRAPHIC]

December 9, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Warming and Changes

Severe weather events wreak havoc around the globe and thus tend to dominate international newspaper headlines. No continent has been spared with the strongest storms swirling both in the Pacific and Atlantic basins, in addition to extreme droughts and massive floods geographically well diversified.[read more]

The Planet Just Had Its Hottest October On Record

November 21, 2014 by Joseph Romm

October Temperature Records

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reports that last month was the hottest October in more than 120 years of record-keeping. This follows the hottest September, August, June, and March-May in JMA’s records. Projections by NOAA make clear 2014 is increasingly likely to be hottest year on record.[read more]

Why Care About Global Warming?

November 11, 2014 by Henry Auer

It seems that new reports appear with increasing frequency emphasizing the worsening of global warming due to increased accumulation of manmade greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. They show that extreme weather appears to be more severe and frequent than in the past, and will continue to worsen.[read more]

Examining Nuclear Energy as Climate Option, Part I

November 11, 2014 by Suzanne Waldman
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The IPCC’s latest report claims that “Climate change is set to inflict severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts” on people and the natural world unless carbon emissions are cut sharply and rapidly. Yet the globe is adding 2% more CO2 emissions to the atmosphere every year. We're going backwards.[read more]

IPCC Scientists Emphasize Immorality Of Inaction By Focusing On 'Irreversible Impacts'

November 6, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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The Risk of Climate Inaction

 

What is the biggest change in the new climate report from the IPCC by the world’s top scientists and governments, compared to the report that was released back in 2007? It can probably be summed up in one very foreboding word: “Irreversible.”[read more]

Climate Change-Related Risks and Costs Exist Today

August 25, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Climate Change Risk and Cost

The risk categories with climate change need to be distinguished: first, risks based on historical data tend to occur with some degree of frequency and therefore can be expected and accounted for. Second, risks that are utterly unexpected and exhibit sudden changes with negative impacts.[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 3: Overshooting Dangerous Warming Likely, But For How Long?

June 11, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Global Warming and Growing Risk

Solving climate change is an extremely difficult—even monumental—challenge to address. Carbon emissions come from burning fossil fuels and are deeply embedded in the global economy. Turning on the lights, driving vehicles, powering industry, and living a prosperous life all emit carbon.[read more]

Applying Brainpower to Address the Global Sustainability Crisis

May 20, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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The world faces an unprecedented global sustainability crisis. It is caused by various factors, including climate change, the stress on the planet's ecosystems by developed economies, and the drive for economic growth in the developing world.[read more]

Is This Why Heat-Trapping Methane Emissions Are On The Rise?

May 6, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Rise of Methane Emissions

A new international study offers a worrisome answer to the question of why global levels of methane — one of the most potent heat-trapping greenhouse gases — have begun rising again in recent years. The study finds that the rise “likely stems from wetland emissions.”[read more]

Tornadoes, Extreme Weather, And Climate Change

May 3, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Dangerous Weather and Climate Change

The return of tornado season with a vengeance has people asking again about a possible link to climate change. At the same time, tantalizing new preliminary research finds “some evidence to suggest that tornadoes are, in fact, getting stronger.” I talked to the lead scientist behind that research.[read more]

Sustainable Consumption and the Global Environmental Crisis

April 29, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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In a series of discussions on Earth Day, I found myself returning to two 1970s reports: 'The Limits to Growth' and 'Mankind at the Turning Point.' While weak on policy design, they did a good job describing the interconnected set of problems that remain at the heart of the world's environmental crisis.[read more]

Global Warming: It Ought to Be Illegal

March 28, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Global Warming Effects

The recent MIT article, 'How the ocean reins in global warming,' points out how burying atmospheric heat deep in the ocean delays long-term global warming. Can we be anything but criminally negligent for not acting on this readily apparent knowledge?[read more]

Is the UNFCCC ADP on Track?

March 17, 2014 by David Hone
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Last week in Bonn, parties to the UNFCCC met under the direction of the Fourth Part of the Second Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action. In short, this is the process that is trying to deliver a global deal on climate change.[read more]

This Winter was Cold for Some, Not for All

March 14, 2014 by Dan Huber

Winter Temps Worldwide

A lot of folks in the eastern half of the United States are breathing a sigh of relief that spring is just around the corner. But while East Coast and Midwest kids have been sledding and their parents have been shoveling, it has not been cold everywhere. In fact, many areas are unusually warm.[read more]

NASA Study: Climate Sensitivity Is High So 'Long-Term Warming Likely To Be Significant'

March 14, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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NASA Study and Long-Term Warming

Yet another new study from NASA finds the the climate’s sensitivity to carbon pollution is on the high side. That means, in the absence of rapid reductions in greenhouse gases, global warming is likely to be high enough to destroy a livable climate.[read more]