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Climate Code Red: Scientists, business leaders and prominent Australians call for emergency climate action


[ Food | Weather | Social | Collapse | Sea Level Rise | Ocean Acidification | Water | UK | Flooding ]

Assessing dangerous climate change through an update of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “reasons for concern”

Large Wind Shift on the Great Plains During the Medieval Warm Period

Kevin Anderson 'Rhetoric to Reality' - YouTube

Kevin Anderson presenting at the EcoCities conference at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester on 14 May 2012.

'Whole world at risk' from simultaneous droughts, famines, epidemics: scientists | Nafeez Ahmed | Environment |

Nafeez Ahmed: Research published by US National Academy of Sciences warns climate change impacts could be worse than thought

Climate-change summary and update – Nature Bats Last

Tennis heat just the beginning » Precarious Climate

Climate change could be like a '100-year war' says US Army expert

Scale of impacts and lack of long-term planning could leave world with 'no exit strategy' if temperatures rise

Climate Scientists: We’re Alarmed. Here’s Why You Should Be, Too. | ThinkProgress

The world’s largest general scientific society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has issued an uncharacteristically blunt call to action on climate change.

Letters: Climate change: it’s worse than we thought - New Articles - The Independent

Contrary to your headline “Climate change: the official prophecy of doom” (18 March), it would appear that the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report is a masterclass in understatement.

Endless Layers Of Delusion

\nColored views image via rubi-borgohain/flickr. Creative Commons 2.0 license.\nApologies for the sheer length of this, the layers of delusion are truly endless. Each sub-heading can be treated as a standalone mini-chapter.\nObvious Delusions\nWe

What Does Climate Adaptation Actually Look Like? Check Out This Awesome New Infographic Series from Cambridge | DeSmogBlog

A new series looking at the likely impacts of climate change could help companies, politicians, financial planners, entrepreneurs, defence analysts and leaders of various industrial sectors learn how to adapt to the increasing pressures of global warming. Based on work already done by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) announced Thursday it had released a briefing series so that people, organizations and governments would be better prepared for a challenging and volatile future. Working with the Judge Business School and the European Climate Foundation, the CISL series summarizes the likely impacts of climate change on agriculture, buildings, cities, defence, employment, energy, investment, fisheries, primary industries, tourism, and transportation.

Where the wildfires are: if there's smoke, there are costly health problems | Vital Signs | The Guardian

Climate change could lead to more wildfires – and to expensive health problems thousands of miles from the actual fires

Labor Day 2050: Global Warming And The Coming Collapse Of Labor Productivity | ThinkProgress

Global warming is projected to have a serious negative impact on labor productivity this century. Here is a look at what we know.

New mega-map details all the ways climate change will affect our everyday lives | Carbon Brief

Climate change could lead to raging infernos throughout Europe | Daily Mail Online

Preventive fires, which remove dead wood, could keep that increase to below 50 per cent, according to the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis near Vienna, Austria.

Infographic: Cutting emissions to avoid the worst impacts of climate change | Carbon Brief

Is global warming WORSE than we think? | Daily Mail Online

Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California claim climate change is worse than believed because temperature data in southern hemisphere has been inaccurate.

UK warned of 'climate change flood of refugees' | Daily Mail Online

Britain and other Western nations could face a tide of refugees as the Earth warms.

Japanese red cedars to replace Britain's traditional oaks in fight against climate change - Telegraph

Trees from America, Japan and southern Europe will be planted in Britain's \n forests to avoid them shrinking by 40 per cent by 2080 because of climate \n change
Sun Oct 26 11:39:06 UTC 2014

U.N. climate change draft sees risks of irreversible damage | Reuters

OSLO, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Climate change may have serious, pervasive and irreversible impacts on human society and nature, according to a draft U.N. report due for approval this week that says governments

Climate change could create more Boko Haram extremists - study

NEWS: Drought, famine and crop failures could destabilise 32 countries in Africa and Asia, warn risk analysts

Four degree interactive map - Met Office

Interactive map showing some of the impacts that may occur if the global average temperature rises by 4 °C above the pre-industrial climate average.

Impacts of climate change - Met Office

A look at the possible impacts of climate change, from how developing countries cope under increased water stress to how we, in the UK, build houses.

Home | National Climate Assessment

Are America's cities prepared for the drought, heat, and floods of climate change?

From September 2012 until March 2013, Australia sweltered. And burned.

Scientists compare climate change impacts at 1.5C and 2C - Carbon Brief
Thu Jun 23 21:05:41 UTC 2016

Thousands of heat deaths predicted as New York City heats up, scientists say | Reuters

By Sebastien MaloNEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 3,000 New Yorkers could die each year from intense heat due to climate change begi


Climate change and air pollution will lead to famine by 2050, study claims | Mail Online

The study, by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Colorado State University, is the first to look at how the combination of air pollution and higher temperatures will affect food supply.

Study: 2ºC Warming Is Enough To Seriously Hurt Crop Yields

As farmers sow this year’s crops, they may be distracted by the fact that by the 2030s — just over 15 years from now — crop yields in temperate and tropical regions will suffer significantly due to climate change.

Impacts of climate change on marine ecosystem production in societies dependent on fisheries : Nature Climate Change : Nature Publishing Group

The future sustainability of global fisheries is unknown. Models of physical, biological and human responses to climate change are applied to 67 national exclusive economic zones, which cover 60% of global fishery catches. This allows prediction of climate change impacts on countries with different dependencies on fisheries.

Uncertainty in simulating wheat yields under climate change : Nature Climate Change : Nature Publishing Group

Large standardized model intercomparison projects enable the quantification of uncertainty in projecting the impacts of climate change. One of the largest studies so far indicates that individual crop models are able to simulate wheat yields accurately under a range of environments, but that differences between crop models are a major source of uncertainty.

An uncertain future for global farming under climate change, study shows | Carbon Brief

Food experts warn it could be farewell to the land of plenty - Telegraph

Britain's production of its own food has dropped nearly 20 per cent in the \n past two decades. How can we stem the decline?

21st Century US 'dustbowl' risk assessed - BBC News

US scientists have modelled how a 1930s-like \"dustbowl\" drought might impact American agriculture today, and found it to be just as damaging.

Mapped: How climate change will slow progress towards curbing malnutrition - Carbon Brief

Climate change threatens staple crops in Africa, study says - Carbon Brief

Without emissions cuts, much of sub-Saharan Africa will become unsuitable for growing staple crops during this century, a new study suggests.

New crop varieties 'can't keep up with global warming' - BBC News

Temperatures around the world are rising faster than scientists can develop varieties that can cope with a warmer world, according to a new study.


Why Do We Care So Much About El Niño? | Climate Central

The obsessive attention to the state of the latest El Niño comes from the major global impacts it can have.

Are Britain's winters set to get worse? | Mail Online

A study of seasonal records dating back to 1899 found that while most seasons have not changed dramatically, winter has become much more unpredictable.

Asian monsoon discovery suggests rains will increase under climate change | Carbon Brief

Typhoon Haiyan was just the start – prepare for an ever stormier future | Global Development Professionals Network | Guardian Professional

In 2012, typhoon Bopha redefined how big a typhoon could get; a year later, Haiyan blew that redefinition out of the water. We need to channel funding into preparation and resilience •More in the series…

New Met Office forecast predicts heavier summer downpours with climate change | Carbon Brief

Arctic warming: Rapidly increasing temperatures are 'possibly catastrophic' for planet, climate scientist warns | Climate Change | Environment | The Independent

The rapidly warming Arctic could have a “catastrophic” effect on the planet’s climate, a leading scientist has warned. Dr Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute in California, said there was a growing body of “pretty scary” evidence that higher temperatures in the Arctic were driving the creation of dangerous storms in parts of the northern hemisphere.


How Fossil Fuels Make Inequality Worse | ThinkProgress

Jobs, health, safety, or concentration of wealth: fossil fuels help the well-off at the expense of the less well-off, and increase inequality.


Revealed: How climate change ended world’s first great civilisations - Archaeology - Science - The Independent

The world’s first great civilisations appear to have collapsed because of an ancient episode of climate change – according to new research carried out by scientists and archaeologists.

Global riot epidemic due to demise of cheap fossil fuels | Nafeez Ahmed | Environment |

Nafeez Ahmed: From South America to South Asia, a new age of unrest is in full swing as industrial civilisation transitions to post-carbon reality

Sea Level Rise

Rapid Thinning of Pine Island Glacier in the Early Holocene

Worst case scenarios of sea level rise, and why scientists and policymakers consider them | Carbon Brief

Upper limit for sea level projections by 2100 - Abstract - Environmental Research Letters - IOPscience

We construct the probability density function of global sea level at 2100, estimating that sea level rises larger than 180 cm are less than 5% probable. An upper limit for global sea level rise of 190 cm is assembled by summing the highest estimates of individual sea level rise components simulated by process based models with the RCP8.5 scenario. The agreement between the methods may suggest more confidence than is warranted since large uncertainties remain due to the lack of scenario-dependent projections from ice sheet dynamical models, particularly for mass loss from marine-based fast flowing outlet glaciers in Antarctica. This leads to an intrinsically hard to quantify fat tail in the probability distribution for global mean sea level rise. Thus our low probability upper limit of sea level projections cannot be considered definitive. Nevertheless, our upper limit of 180 cm for sea level rise by 2100 is based on both expert opinion and process studies and hence indicates that other lines of evidence are needed to justify a larger sea level rise this century.

Sea level research says only a ‘brief window’ to cut emissions - Carbon Brief

As global temperatures rise, scientists know that sea level will follow suit. We summarise the findings of two new papers on sea level.

Water stored on land stopped recent sea level rise being up to 22% higher - Carbon Brief

A new study, published in Science, looks at the impact land water storage has had on rates of sea level rise.

Sea-level rise 'could last twice as long as human history' | Environment | The Guardian

Research warns of the long timescale of climate change impacts unless urgent action is taken to cut emissions drastically

What scientists just discovered in Greenland could be making sea-level rise even worse - The Washington Post

The layer of snow atop the glacier appears to be losing its capacity for absorbing water.

What does the science really say about sea-level rise?

Could sea levels really rise by several metres this century. Probably not, although this century's greenhouse emissions could potentially set the stage for large rises in centuries to come.

Sea levels set to rise by more than a metre over next century, claims new research | Climate Change | Environment | The Independent

Sea levels are set to rise by more than a metre over the next century – more than twice the previous forecast, according to alarming new research. The threat posed by rising sea levels is much greater than had been thought because scientists have underestimated the effect of atmospheric global warming on Antarctic ice sheets – having tended to concentrate more on climate change’s role in warming the water than increasing the air temperature.

Unexpected Antarctic melt could trigger 2-metre sea level rise | New Scientist

It seemed impossible, but a recent paper supports the belief that Antarctic ice will melt faster than we thought, triggering sea level rise that could devastate low-lying cities

Sea levels set to 'rise far more rapidly than expected' | Environment | The Guardian

New research factors in collapsing Antarctic ice sheet that could double the sea-level rise to two metres by 2100 if emissions are not cut

Ocean Acidification

BBC News - Science chief warns on acid oceans

The UK's chief scientist says the oceans face a serious and growing risk from man-made carbon emissions.

Oceans Could Lose $1 Trillion in Value Due to Acidification - Scientific American

A very young field of research is trying to measure the costs of oceans growing more acidic


'High risk' of severe water stresses in Asia by 2050: Study

About 1 billion people could be severely short of water in three decades if global growth continues without water use planning, according to a study.

'Disenfranchised' small islands to become increasingly arid - Carbon Brief

Many small island nations will increasingly lose access to fresh water over the course of the century, says new study.


Extreme weather 'will cost lives and billions of pounds of damage' - Climate Change - Environment - The Independent

Lives could be lost and billions of pounds of damage caused to households and businesses as a result of extreme weather, a senior climate researcher has warned, as Britain is about to experience its warmest year since records began.

Time after time, UK governments have denied the dangers of climate change | Peter Hetherington | Opinion | The Guardian

Some of the misery caused by the floods could have been prevented, had multiple warnings been heeded about how we use and protect our land


57 tube stations at high risk of flooding, says London Underground report | UK news | The Guardian

Busy stations including Waterloo, King’s Cross and London Bridge among the most threatened, unpublished review states

Current Effects

[ Extreme Weather | Drought | Melting ice | Sea Level | Record Weather | Extinction | Ocean Acidification | Temperature | Sea Ice ]

Europe's 2003 heat wave: a satellite view of impacts and land–atmosphere feedbacks - Zaitchik - 2006 - International Journal of Climatology - Wiley Online Library

Climate Code Red: Already dangerous?

50 Doomiest Graphs of 2010

Desdemona Despair is the clearinghouse for all of the very worst news about the future of life on Earth, such as global warming, climate change, deforestation, overfishing, acidification, oil spills, resource depletion, drought, pollution, overpopulation, dead zones, mass extinction, and doom.

CO2 Now | CO2 Home

Fires in NW Territories in Line with 'Unprecedented' Burn | Climate Central

The wildfires searing the Northwest Territories could be a harbinger of things to come in a warming world.

BBC News - Why climate change is bad news for India tea producers

Growing India's famous Assam tea now costs more and is becoming increasingly challenging because of impacts from changing weather, experts say.

Russia’s warming faster than the rest of the planet—and seeing disease, drought, and forest fires as a result - Quartz

When Vladimir Putin declined to support the Kyoto Protocol, a treaty to limit carbon emissions, he famously quipped that higher temperatures might actually benefit Russia since its people would have to spend less on fur coats. Well, he's getting his wish. Changes in wind and ocean currents caused by global warming shift heat around unevenly, causing...

Absolute must read: Australia today offers horrific glimpse of U.S. Southwest, much of planet, post-2040, if we don't slash emissions soon | ThinkProgress

Drought, fires, killer heat waves, wildlife extinction and mosquito-borne illness -- the things that climate change models are predicting have already ar

Climate change pushing tropical trees upslope 'exactly as predicted'

Tropical tree communities are moving up mountainsides to cooler habitats as temperatures rise, a new study in Global Change Biology has found. By examining the tree species present in ten one-hectare plots at various intervals over a decade, researchers found that the proportion of lowland species increased in the plots at higher elevations. The study, which was undertaken in Volcan Barva, Costa Rica, adds to a growing body of evidence that climate change is having an impact on species range distributions.

How climate change will brew a bad-tasting, expensive cup of coffee | Environment | The Guardian

Rising heat, extreme weather and pests mean the highland bean is running out of cool mountainsides on which it flourishes

Climate change is causing havoc for global coffee yields

The global food system contributes to climate change through industrial farming practices, the increasing use of fertiliser to fight dropping yields and the transport of food around the world. But the…

UN report: Climate change has permanently ruined farmland the size of France - Environment - The Independent

There may be those who feel the apocalyptic plot of the new Hollywood film Interstellar seems a bit far-fetched, with humans forced to look for an alternative planet because this world can no longer feed them.

Climate change is bad for your kidneys | News | The Guardian

Weatherwatch: Thousands of people labouring in hot temperatures have been succumbing to a deadly kidney disease, and as the planet warms, the problem is likely to spread

The World Is Experiencing the Worst Coral Bleaching Ever. It Won’t Get Better Soon | TIME

The two-year devastation of coral reefs is unlikely to stop anytime soon as high ocean temperatures continue to disrupt coral ecosystems

Extreme Weather

Climate Change: Key Indicators

Vital Signs of the Planet: Global Climate Change and Global Warming. Visualizes current measurements of carbon dioxide concentration, global surface temperature, Arctic sea ice extent, Antarctic and Greenland land ice extent, and sea level rise.

Unprecedented extremes and warmest decade since modern measurements: grim report from World Meteorological Organisation - Climate Change - Environment - The Independent

The past 10 years were the warmest since the start of modern measurements 160 years ago and it was also a decade of unprecedented extremes in the climate according to a report by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

BBC News - Met Office: Evidence 'suggests climate change link to storms'

\"All the evidence\" suggests extreme weather in the UK is linked to global warming, the Met Office's chief scientist says.

BBC News - UK floods: Homes without power as new storm approaches

Engineers work to restore power to thousands of UK homes, as forecasters warn a fresh storm overnight could be worse than Wednesday's destructive gales.

BBC News - Storm engulfs US east coast as havoc persists in South

A deadly winter storm envelops the US East Coast, dumping heavy snow on Washington DC and New York, grounding flights and shutting the government.

BBC News - In pictures: Storms batter UK

Some of the latest pictures from across the UK as storms continue to cause havoc.

Weather Extremes : Record Warmth in Siberia, Brazil and Cold in U.S. Upper Midwest | Weather Underground

Weather Underground provides local & long range Weather Forecast, weather reports, maps & tropical weather conditions for locations worldwide.

BBC News - Wavier jet stream 'may drive weather shift'

New research suggests that weather patterns over Northern Europe and North America might be shifting because of a change in the jet stream.

Is Weird Winter Weather Related to Climate Change?

Scientists are trying to understand if the unusual weather in the Northern Hemisphere this winter — from record heat in Alaska to unprecedented flooding in Britain — is linked to climate change. One thing seems clear: Shifts in the jet str

Typhoon Haiyan, record-breaking CO2 levels, rising seas and more: five measures of the state of the climate in 2013 | Carbon Brief

Is global warming causing extreme weather via jet stream waves? | John Abraham | Environment |

John Abraham: A new study investigates how changes to atmospheric winds\nare making weather more extreme

IPCC Extreme Weather Report Is Another Blown Chance to Explain the Catastrophes Coming If We Keep Doing Nothing | ThinkProgress

UPDATE: Andy Revkin's comment (here) may be the single most head-exploding and revisionist thing he has ever written. I reply. The adaptation expert, Dr.

Attributing extreme weather to climate change in real-time | Carbon Brief

Factcheck: Is climate change linked to recent UK flooding? | Carbon Brief

Jet Stream Changes Driving Extreme Weather Linked Again To Global Warming, Arctic Ice Loss | ThinkProgress

In recent years you may have noticed a quantum jump in record-smashing extreme weather events and suspected that it's linked to global warming. A new study from scientists at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research says your intuition is right.

Amplified mid-latitude planetary waves favour particular regional weather extremes : Nature Climate Change : Nature Publishing Group

An increase in extreme weather events in the Northern Hemisphere mid-latitudes has been proposed as a result of amplification of atmospheric planetary waves in the region. This study finds months of extreme weather are associated with amplified planetary waves, with different types of extreme events associated to differing degrees.

Is Weird Winter Weather Related to Climate Change? by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360

Scientists are trying to understand if the unusual weather in the Northern Hemisphere this winter — from record heat in Alaska to unprecedented flooding in Britain — is linked to climate change. One thing seems clear: Shifts in the jet stream play a key role and could become even more disruptive as the world warms.

January 2014's extreme weather worldwide - interactive map | Environment |

From temperatures as low as -36C in Russia to some of the wettest weather in the UK’s history, this map shows the extreme weather events of last month from around the world

Typhoon Haiyan: at least 10,000 reported dead in Philippine province | World news | The Observer

Estimated death toll soars as path of destruction leaves many parts of Philippines inaccessible to government and aid officials

Global warming has doubled risk of harsh winters in Eurasia, research finds | Environment | The Guardian

Severe winters are more likely over the next few decades due to climate change melting Arctic ice and sending freezing air south, according to new research

In-depth: the scientific challenge of extreme weather attribution - Carbon Brief

Working out whether human activity is supercharging extreme weather events is one of the youngest branches of climate science. Here's our special report.

Antarctic wind vortex is strongest for 1000 years | New Scientist

Powerful winds spinning around Antarctica are partially driven by global warming, and they are dragging vital rain away from Australia


Drought Could Drain More Than Brazil's Coffee Crop | WVPublic

Brazil, a country usually known for its rainforests, has been facing a severe drought in its breadbasket region, leaving people in the cities without water

Fantasizing About California, or Already Here: 5 Shocking Drought Facts to Make You Rethink the Golden State

There are likely a lot of East Coasters wishing they lived in sunny, dry (and comparatively warm) California right now. But Californians know their weather is anything but a blessing these days with a drought that’s being called “unprecedented.”

Bolivia's second-largest lake dries up and may be gone forever, lost to climate change | World news | The Guardian

As Andean glaciers disappear, so do the sources of Lake Poopó’s water, say scientists who blame a warming environment, El Niño and mining

Melting ice

Limited forcing of glacier loss through land-cover change on Kilimanjaro : Nature Climate Change : Nature Publishing Group

A study shows that regional atmospheric change driven by land-cover change contributes little to glacier mass loss on Tanzania/'s Mount Kilimanjaro. More generally, this finding suggests that local land-cover change may have limited impact on mountain glaciers in the tropics and elsewhere, compared with that of global climate change.

Rapid thinning of Pine Island Glacier may continue for decades to come - Tehran Times

Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

Greenland and Antarctic maps reveal “unprecedented” ice loss | Carbon Brief

Rising air temperatures caused Antarctic ice shelf collapse | Carbon Brief

Charctic Interactive Sea Ice Graph | Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis

Antarctic Sea Ice Hits New Max; Continent Still Warming | Climate Central

The sea ice that rings Antarctica is headed for another record winter maximum.

Ice picks: Five pieces of ice news revealing earth’s ice cover is in serious decline | Carbon Brief

BBC News - Sentinel satellite spies ice cap speed-up

One of the largest ice caps on Earth has experienced a dramatic speed-up, according to pictures just acquired by the EU's new flagship Sentinel satellite system.

Consistent increase in High Asia's runoff due to increasing glacier melt and precipitation : Nature Climate Change : Nature Publishing Group

The impact of climate change on the water resources and hydrology of High Asia is uncertain. This work uses a cryospheric hydrological model to quantify the hydrology of five major rivers in the region and project future water availability. Runoff is expected to increase until at least 2050 due to an increase in precipitation in the upper catchment of four rivers and increased melt entering the fifth river.

Why isn’t the Arctic sea ice free already? | Carbon Brief

Antarctic sea-ice hits new high as scientists puzzle over the cause | Carbon Brief

Doubling of Antarctic ice loss revealed by European satellite | Environment |

Continent shedding 160 billion tonnes a year, CryoSat-2 shows, just days after warning over western ice sheet's collapse

Antarctic sea ice set for record high as Arctic heads for sixth lowest extent | Environment |

Antarctica poised for record high as figures show Arctic sea ice was millions of square kilometres below long-term average

2014 Arctic sea ice extent - 6th lowest in millennia | Dana Nuccitelli | Environment |

Dana Nuccitelli: Despite claims of Arctic sea ice ‘expansion’, 2014 saw the 6th-least ice in more than 1,450 years

Greenland’s icecap loses stability

How we sped up the glacial melt | Cosmos

Sea Level

Pine Island Glacier - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A Relentless Rise in Global Sea Level

Key Points\n\nOne of several confounding influences on global sea-level rise is natural multi-year, and decadal-scale, variation in water mass exchange between the oceans and land. This is due to weather patterns which affect the amount of rainfall and snow falling over the oceans and land surfaces. Weather-related variations in precipitation alter the volume of water in the ocean, but they are only temporary.\n\n\nGlobal sea level continues to rise, but in the last decade the rate of this rise has been slower than that of the previous decade.This slowdown has occurred despite an increase in the amount of heat entering the ocean, and a growing contribution of glacial meltwater from disintegrating land-based ice - creating an apparent paradox.\n\n\nA recent study, Cazenave et al (2014), reveals that sea level over the last two decades has in fact risen at an almost constant rate, but that this has been obscured by the temporary effect of smaller-than-average continental water mass storage from 1994-2002, and greater-than-average continental water mass storage from 2003-2011.\n\n\n
Thu Feb 20 19:00:00 UTC 2014

Big Antarctic glacier to keep raising seas, even without warming | Reuters

* Pine Island glacier shrank 8,000 years ago, lasted decades* New melt similar, will add to sea level rise-Science studyBy Alister Doyle, Environment CorrespondentOSLO, Feb 20 (Reuters) - A thawing

New research quantifies what's causing sea level to rise | John Abraham | Environment |

John Abraham: Sea level rise is half due to melting ice and half due to ocean warming, including 13% from the deepest oceans, a new paper has found
Thu Mar 17 23:17:26 UTC 2016

Native American tribe to relocate from Louisiana coast as sea levels rise | Reuters

Carbon Pollution Seen As Key Driver of Sea Level Rise | Climate Central

During the 20th century, humans took over from nature as the leading cause of sea level rise.

Record Weather

September was the warmest in history and 2014 is on track to be hottest year on record | Daily Mail Online

WASHINGTON (AP) — It sounds like a broken record: Last month again set a new mark for global heat. And meteorologists say Earth is now on pace to tie the hot...

Evidence for human-induced climate change grows as 2013 is revealed as the sixth-hottest on record - Science - News - The Independent

No single weather event can prove or disprove climate change, but in its review of 2013 the world’s leading meteorological authority suggests that many of last year’s weather extremes are likely to have been heavily influenced by rising global temperatures.


Ocean Acidification

NOAA-led researchers discover ocean acidity is dissolving shells of tiny snails off the U.S. West Coast

NOAA-led researchers discover ocean acidity is dissolving shells of tiny snails off the U.S. West Coast


Global warming exploded in January — ImaGeo

With an El Niño nudge, January saw record high temperatures. But accumulating greenhouse gases are the long-run cause of global warming.

The mercury doesn't lie: We've hit a troubling climate change milestone - The Boston Globe

Thursday, while the nation debated the relative size of Republican genitalia, something truly awful happened. Across the northern hemisphere, the temperature, if only for a few hours, apparently crossed a line: it was more than two degrees Celsius above “normal” for the first time in recorded history and likely for the first time in the course of human civilization.

Climate change: 2015 'shattered' global temperature record by wide margin - BBC News

Global temperatures in 2015 were the warmest since records began, according to data published by meteorologists in the UK and the US.

Record hot years near impossible without manmade climate change – study | Environment | The Guardian

New calculations shows there is just a 0.01% chance that recent run of global heat records could have happened due to natural climate variations

Sea Ice

Arctic sea ice sets January record low

The amount of Arctic sea ice set a record low for the month of January, the National Snow and Ice Data Center said.

Arctic warming: Why record-breaking melting is just the beginning | Environment | The Independent

Rapidly disappearing Arctic sea ice is about to set a new record after an “absurdly warm” winter at the top of the world. For the second year running, it will have grown to cover less of the Arctic Ocean than ever before. The revelation comes as scientists are increasingly worried that the heating of the region could escalate out of control, as growing numbers of “feedback mechanisms” – which reinforce and accelerate the process – are being discovered.

Arctic sea ice extent breaks record low for winter | Environment | The Guardian

With the ice cover down to 14.52m sq km, scientists now believe the Arctic is locked onto a course of continually shrinking sea ice


[ Methane | Plankton | Deforestation ]

Carbon stored in the world's soils more vulnerable to climate change than expected

The response of soil microbial communities to changes in temperature increases the potential for more carbon dioxide to be released from the world's soils as global temperatures rise, scientists have revealed.

Jason Box's research into Greenland's dark snow raises more concerns about climate change.

Jason Box knows ice. That’s why what’s happened this year concerns him so much. Box just returned from a trip to Greenland. Right now, the ice there is … black: The ice in Greenland this year isn’t just a little dark—it’s record-setting dark. Box says he’s never seen anything like...

Dust in the Wind Could Speed Greenland's Ice Melt | Climate Central

Early spring snowmelt in the Northern Hemisphere could speed ice melt in Greenland.

Drying Amazon Could Be Major Carbon Concern | Climate Central

Since 2000, the Amazon rainforest has been drying, a trend that could have big carbon implications.


RealClimate: Methane hydrates and global warming

RealClimate: There is an enormous amount of methane (CH4) on earth frozen into a type of ice called methane hydrate. Hydrates can form with almost any gas and consist of a

Seven facts you need to know about the Arctic methane timebomb | Nafeez Ahmed | Environment |

Nafeez Ahmed: Dismissals of catastrophic methane danger ignore robust science in favour of outdated mythology of climate safety


Mysterious Siberian Crater Found at \"End of the World\" May Portend Methane Climate Catastrophe

A shift of thermokarst lakes from carbon sources to sinks during the Holocene epoch : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

Thermokarst lakes formed across vast regions of Siberia and Alaska during the last deglaciation and are thought to be a net source of atmospheric methane and carbon dioxide during the Holocene epoch. However, the same thermokarst lakes can also sequester carbon, and it remains uncertain whether carbon uptake by thermokarst lakes can offset their greenhouse gas emissions. Here we use field observations of Siberian permafrost exposures, radiocarbon dating and spatial analyses to quantify Holocene carbon stocks and fluxes in lake sediments overlying thawed Pleistocene-aged permafrost. We find that carbon accumulation in deep thermokarst-lake sediments since the last deglaciation is about 1.6 times larger than the mass of Pleistocene-aged permafrost carbon released as greenhouse gases when the lakes first formed. Although methane and carbon dioxide emissions following thaw lead to immediate radiative warming, carbon uptake in peat-rich sediments occurs over millennial timescales. We assess thermokarst-lake carbon feedbacks to climate with an atmospheric perturbation model and find that thermokarst basins switched from a net radiative warming to a net cooling climate effect about 5,000[thinsp]years ago. High rates of Holocene carbon accumulation in 20 lake sediments (47[thinsp][plusmn][thinsp]10 grams of carbon per square metre per year; mean[thinsp][plusmn][thinsp]standard error) were driven by thermokarst erosion and deposition of terrestrial organic matter, by nutrient release from thawing permafrost that stimulated lake productivity and by slow decomposition in cold, anoxic lake bottoms. When lakes eventually drained, permafrost formation rapidly sequestered sediment carbon. Our estimate of about 160[thinsp]petagrams of Holocene organic carbon in deep lake basins of Siberia and Alaska increases the circumpolar peat carbon pool estimate for permafrost regions by over 50 per cent (ref. 6). The carbon in perennially frozen drained lake sediments may become vulnerable to mineralization as permafrost disappears, potentially negating the climate stabilization provided by thermokarst lakes during the late Holocene.

Methane dynamics regulated by microbial community response to permafrost thaw : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

Permafrost contains about 50% of the global soil carbon. It is thought that the thawing of permafrost can lead to a loss of soil carbon in the form of methane and carbon dioxide emissions. The magnitude of the resulting positive climate feedback of such greenhouse gas emissions is still unknown and may to a large extent depend on the poorly understood role of microbial community composition in regulating the metabolic processes that drive such ecosystem-scale greenhouse gas fluxes. Here we show that changes in vegetation and increasing methane emissions with permafrost thaw are associated with a switch from hydrogenotrophic to partly acetoclastic methanogenesis, resulting in a large shift in the [dgr]13C signature (10-15[permil]) of emitted methane. We used a natural landscape gradient of permafrost thaw in northern Sweden as a model to investigate the role of microbial communities in regulating methane cycling, and to test whether a knowledge of community dynamics could improve predictions of carbon emissions under loss of permafrost. Abundance of the methanogen Candidatus /`Methanoflorens stordalenmirensis/' is a key predictor of the shifts in methane isotopes, which in turn predicts the proportions of carbon emitted as methane and as carbon dioxide, an important factor for simulating the climate feedback associated with permafrost thaw in global models. By showing that the abundance of key microbial lineages can be used to predict atmospherically relevant patterns in methane isotopes and the proportion of carbon metabolized to methane during permafrost thaw, we establish a basis for scaling changing microbial communities to ecosystem isotope dynamics. Our findings indicate that microbial ecology may be important in ecosystem-scale responses to global change.


Phytoplankton responding to climate change : Nature News

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Marine Miniatures - Acid Threat - National Geographic Magazine

If carbon dioxide continues to rise unchecked, computer models show that acidification will deplete carbonate ions in much of the ocean by 2100, turning the waters corrosive for many shell-building animals.

Climate change: Acidic oceans shrink plankton : Nature : Nature Publishing Group


Amazon rainforest losing ability to regulate climate, scientist warns | Environment | The Guardian

Report says logging and burning of Amazon might be connected to worsening droughts – such as the one plaguing São Paulo

Amazon deforestation picking up pace, satellite data reveals | Environment | The Guardian

Data indicates 190% rise in land clearance in August and September compared with same period last year

Warming 'Hiatus'

Volcanic eruptions ‘contributed to global warming pause’, scientists claim - Climate Change - Environment - The Independent

The impact of volcanic eruptions on global warming could provide a new explanation for the so-called “pause” used by sceptics to deny climate change is happening, scientists have said.

Temperature hiatus periods to become a 'thing of the past' as emissions soar

The momentum of global warming caused by the build-up of greenhouse gases is likely to overwhelm natural cooling processes within decades, according to research by the University of NSW.

Probing the deep: An in-depth look at the oceans, climate change and the hiatus | Carbon Brief

Surface warming ‘hiatus’ could stick around for another decade, say scientists | Carbon Brief

Global warming not slowing – it’s speeding up » Precarious Climate

Global warming: Who pressed the pause button? | The Economist

BETWEEN 1998 and 2013, the Earth’s surface temperature rose at a rate of 0.04°C a decade, far slower than the 0.18°C increase in the 1990s. Meanwhile, emissions...
Sun Feb 09 18:01:31 UTC 2014

Stronger Pacific winds explain global warming hiatus: study | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Stronger winds which have cooled the surface of the Pacific Ocean could explain what is likely to be a temporary slowdown in the pace of global warming this century, researchers said.Last
2014-02-10 23:07:54

There’s no “warming pause” — trade winds are burying heat in the Pacific | Grist

New research helps explain why excess heat is being absorbed into the ocean: big-ass winds.

Special reflection: How scientists, media and the public see the surface warming ‘pause’ | Carbon Brief

‘Hiatus’ in surface warming is upping the odds of UK cold winters, say scientists | Carbon Brief

GHGs and aerosols Archives - Carbon Brief


Ex-Treasury adviser: no real recovery - growth 'hype' masks crash risk | Nafeez Ahmed | Environment |

Nafeez Ahmed: GDP stats reveal same brand of unsustainable debt-led growth behind worst financial crisis since Great Depression

Calculating damages: How much will climate change cost? | Carbon Brief

It's simple. If we can't change our economic system, our number's up | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian

George Monbiot: It's the great taboo of our age – and the inability to discuss the pursuit of perpetual growth will prove humanity's undoing

Issues of resilience, interdependence and growth affect global climate change risk | Carbon Brief

Flood damage cost to rise fivefold across Europe, study says | Environment | The Guardian

Increasingly intense downpours driven by climate change will see flood damages rise from €4.5bn to €23bn a year by 2050

Weak EU 2030 climate deal risks nearly a million jobs, warn unions | Environment |

Leader of European Trade Union Confederation joins major brands, including Philips and Shell, calling for ambitious climate and energy package to create jobs and support businesses

Checking Owen Paterson's figures on the cost of decarbonising the UK | Carbon Brief

Big business and trade unions lead calls for bold EU climate change package - 22 Oct 2014 - News from BusinessGreen

CBI and European Trade Union Confederation both issue plea for governments to deliver ambitious emissions reduction goals,Management,Policy ,Emissions Trading Scheme,CBI

Carbon Commentary · IPCC estimate of the cost of abandoning fossil fuels

A critical appraisal of issues in the move to a low-carbon economy

‘Ethical’ funds still pouring money into coal, oil and gas, new report finds | Money | The Guardian

Report by advisers Barchester Green names winners and sinners of ethical and environmental funds industry

How to Shrink the Economy without Crashing It: A Ten-Point Plan

If there is a theoretical pathway to a significantly smaller economy that does not pass through the harrowing wasteland of conflict, decay, and dissolution, we should try to identify it.

Paris climate change agreement: the world's greatest diplomatic success | Environment | The Guardian

With all 196 nations having a say, the UN climate deal, with all its frustrations and drama, has proven that compromise works for the planet

Climate change will wipe $2.5tn off global financial assets: study | Environment | The Guardian

First estimate from economic modelling also warns of a worst case scenario where the losses could soar to $24tn and wreck the global economy


The 97% v the 3% – just how much global warming are humans causing? | Dana Nuccitelli | Environment |

Dana Nuccitelli: The preponderance of evidence shows that humans are responsible for about 100% of the warming since 1950

The Wall Street Journal Publishes Long-Debunked Myths To Promote Climate Inaction | ThinkProgress

Contrary to the latest error-riddled Wall Street Journal piece, uncertainty is a major reason climate action is so urgent. Here's why.

Factcheck: Daily Express claims windfarms will add £1,000 to household bills | Carbon Brief

Factcheck: Telegraph wrongly accuses BBC of “blatantly untrue” climate reporting | Carbon Brief

Why climate 'uncertainty' is no excuse for doing nothing

Former environment minister Owen Paterson has called for the UK to scrap its climate change targets. In a speech to the Global Warming Policy Foundation, he cited “considerable uncertainty” over the impact…

Lord Lawson climate sceptic thinktank's report rebuked by scientists | Graham Readfearn | Environment |

Global Warming Policy Foundation ignores bad news on planet's sensitivity to carbon dioxide

Is the BBC becoming the UK version of Fox News on global warming? | Dana Nuccitelli | Environment |

Dana Nuccitelli: The BBC has decided to follow the Fox News model of \"fair and balanced\" reporting on global warming and climate change

Climate contrarian backlash - a difficult lesson for scientific journals to learn | Dana Nuccitelli | Environment |

Dana Nuccitelli: Poor handling of climate contrarian papers and bullying has often forced scientific journal editors to resign

Leaked Transcript Gives Oil Lobbyist Taste of His Own Medicine | InsideClimate News

The public got a rare glimpse into the covert and hardball strategies used by some oil and gas companies when a lobbyist's candid remarks were leaked to the New York Times and Bloomberg News last week. The leak made the lobbyist the victim of his own tactics.

Human–Climate Link Still 97%? Nope. Over 99%. (VIDEO) | CleanTechnica

Dr. James Powell, frequent whistleblower on climate change denial, has a mission to bring media and readers up to date on anthropogenic climate change ...

'A tipping point': record number of Americans see global warming as threat | Environment | The Guardian

New polling data shows that public concern about climate change is at a new high, as the US emerges from its warmest-ever winter

Big Oil Used Big Tobacco's Denial Playbook—But Will They Pay Same Price? | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Will the fossil fuel industry, which misled the public for decades about the risks of climate change, eventually pay the steep price that Big Tobacco did after lying for decades about the health hazards of smoking?U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch this week acknowledged that the U.S. Justice Department has \"discussed\" taking civil legal action—as it did against tobacco companies—against the fossil fuel industry for its decades-long intentional suppression of climate science.


[ IPCC | EU | UK | US ]

Sorry policy-makers, the two-degrees warming policy is likely a road to disaster | Alexander White | Environment | The Guardian

Alexander White: As we approach the New York climate summit, there are serious questions about whether the two degrees of warming limit is acceptable.

Chile Is Poised To Pass South America's First Carbon Tax | ThinkProgress

It's a big year for fighting climate change in Chile.

US military outlines plan to deal with increasing climate change threat | Carbon Brief

Stopping climate meltdown needs the political courage that saved the ozone layer | George Monbiot | Environment |

George Monbiot: Governments dither on the solution to global warming – but the Montreal protocol is a reminder of a time when they took their hands out of their pockets

How Rupert Murdoch created the world’s newest climate change villain -

Australia was once a leader on climate action. Thanks to American conservative powerhouses, that's no longer true

Australia kills off carbon tax | Environment |

Senate makes good prime minister's ‘pledge in blood’ to ‘axe the tax’, with nation unlikely to meet 5% emissions reduction target

How vested interests defeated climate science: A Dark Victory | The Monthly

Some 20 years ago, climate scientists arrived at the conclusion that the vast acceleration in the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases since the industrial revolution was causing the temperature of the Earth to rise. Almost all agreed that we were facing a genuine crisis. Some came to believe that we were facing a catastrophe deeper than any other in the history of the human species.

Big impacts: The main messages from today’s big UN climate report | Carbon Brief

UK isn't alone in tackling carbon emissions | Carbon Brief

How can climate negotiators avoid Paris 2015 being a rerun of Copenhagen 2009? | Carbon Brief

Supreme court to block Obama's sweeping climate change plan | Law | The Guardian

By temporarily freezing the rule, the high court’s order raises fears that the centerpiece of the president’s clean power plan could be overturned


Why the IPCC synthesis report is necessary but not sufficient to secure a response to climate change | Carbon Brief
Tue Oct 21 10:56:38 UTC 2014

US, EU want UN to stress low cost of climate change fight - draft | Reuters

* Costs almost insignificant compared to growth-U.S.* U.N. to issue report Nov. 2 summing up climate scienceBy Alister Doyle, Environment CorrespondentOSLO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - The United States and


Analysis: Who wants what from the EU 2030 climate framework | Carbon Brief

Billions in EU climate allowances spent on coal | Greenpeace UK

The vast majority of the estimated 12bn euros of European allowances and transfers intended to tackle climate change and diversify the energy mix between 2013-19 will - instead - be spent on coal, according to a new report.

Five weird things about the EU's cost of energy study | Carbon Brief
Mon Mar 03 18:55:49 UTC 2014

Thirteen ministers urge EU to agree green energy goals in March | Reuters

* Poland says there's no hurry, wants more information* Political agreement only a signal, years to agree new law* Thirteen back 40 percent carbon cut plus EU-wide greengoalBy Barbara LewisBRUSSELS, – Denmark pledges to quit coal by 2025

Minor EU emission cuts masks underlying apathy on 2C

COMMENT: Latest GHG data from Brussels shows we have achieved nothing of significance relative to scale of the climate challenge
Fri Oct 24 07:40:59 UTC 2014

EU strikes compromise to set new climate target | Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders struck a deal on a new target to cut carbon emissions out to 2030, calling it a new global standard but leaving critics warning that compromises had undermined
Wed Oct 22 17:08:55 UTC 2014

EU nations threaten to block green energy rules at summit talks | Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU leaders face a long day on Thursday as they seek to agree on a new decade of climate and energy policy at a summit in Brussels, with nations from Poland to Portugal threatening

BBC News - Europe emission targets 'will fail to protect climate'

IPCC expert says EU's plan consigns future leaders to “extraordinary and unprecedented” CO2 cuts.

German solar ambitions at risk from cuts to subsidies | Environment |

Germany is home to solar-powered football stadiums and funfairs but the country’s renewable energy future still faces obstacles

Who's hitting the EU's 2020 renewables target — and who's holding it back? - Carbon Brief

The EU has released renewable energy statistics for 2014. Carbon Brief summarises which countries came out on top and which are holding back.

EU faces two-year wrangle to ratify Paris climate deal | Climate Home - climate change news

ANALYSIS: Members of 28-state bloc show little appetite for increasing ambition as they gear up for internal battles over effort-sharing
Sat Feb 06 17:58:18 UTC 2016

Croatia backs away from plan for new coal-fired power plant | Reuters

Croatia is unlikely to go aheadwith plans to build a new coal-fired thermal plant in thenorthern Adriatic for which it entered partnership talks withJapan's Marubeni Corp, the environment minister said onSaturday.


George Osborne is preparing to kill off Britain's renewable energy revolution | Business |

In delivering budget, chancellor stealthily abolished a tax break that attracts private money to help build our green energy future

The UK’s plan for a new global climate deal | Carbon Brief

Labour's vision for a low carbon UK | Carbon Brief

George Osborne wants climate change tackled as cheaply as possible | Environment | The Guardian

Chancellor calls on environmentalists to drop opposition to nuclear power and shale gas as they can be inexpensive

Cameron warns climate change is one of biggest threats facing world - 26 Feb 2014 - News from BusinessGreen

Prime Minister and Labour leader battle it out over who is more committed to curbing greenhouse gas emissions,Politics,Climate change ,Labour Party,Conservative Party,David Cameron,Ed Miliband

Conservatives call for a new environmentalism to resolve party divisions over climate change | Carbon Brief

Can the government legally change the fourth carbon budget? | Carbon Brief

Government ‘allowing coal industry to get green subsidies’ - Environment - The Independent

The boss of British Gas’s parent company has criticised the Government for allowing “old, dirty coal stations” to qualify for subsidies worth hundreds of millions of pounds in a scheme designed to promote green energy.

EU climate policy being 'taken hostage' by Ukip, MEPs say | Environment |

David Cameron must show courage to face down Ukip-friendly backbenchers or UK risks undermining a strong 2030 goal on saving energy, warn MEPs

General election 2010: Which party is promising the most for cyclists? | Helen Pidd | Life and style |

Helen Pidd: Ukip wants to make cyclists get off and walk, Labour pledges to treble parking at stations and the Greens say they'll make roads safer for bikes. Do you believe them?

Wales pass bill to make the environment central to all future legislation

Wales’ National Assembly has just passed a bill to put the environment at the center of all the future laws of the nation. When converted in law, it will commit the country to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by ‘at least’ 80% by 2050 from the 1990 baseline.

George Osborne accused of ‘climate-wrecking’ Budget after £1bn tax breaks for oil and gas industry | UK Politics | News | The Independent

George Osborne was accused of delivering a “climate-wrecking” Budget after announcing plans to give the ageing North Sea oil and gas industry £1bn of tax breaks – while promising just £730m to the fledgling renewable energy projects. The rate of supplementary tax for Britain’s offshore explorers will be halved to 10 per cent, while Petroleum Revenue Tax is being scrapped altogether as the Chancellor seeks to boost an industry that has been hit hard by plummeting oil prices.

Four things to ensure Paris climate agreement more than lip service | Voices | The Independent

The Paris climate change deal struck by the governments of 196 nations does not fulfill everyone’s hopes, and it leaves important details to be resolved in the future. But it is a good deal. First, it is the first universal agreement in which all countries, developed as well as developing, accept obligations to manage their greenhouse gas emissions. It leaves behind the flawed approach of the Kyoto Protocol where some countries had commitments while others did not.

Government's plan for secure power generation 'unfit for purpose': report | Business | The Guardian

Capacity Market scheme accused of making consumers pay conflicting subsidies for highly polluting plants

Jeremy Corbyn's fetish for economic growth will not sway Green voters

Like Tony Blair and George Osborne, Corbyn has a fetish for economic growth.


US greenhouse gas emissions rise despite Obama's new climate change push | Environment |

Federal agency finds that emissions increased during 2014 polar vortex, raising questions about US’s targeted 2020 cuts

Who are you calling a skeptic? New survey identifies diverse views on climate change among US Republicans | Carbon Brief

What A Republican-Controlled Senate Would Mean For The Climate | ThinkProgress

A Senate majority would give the GOP lots of small avenues to undercut climate policy, and one big potential lever of President Obama's veto pen.

The implications of the US midterm elections for climate change policy: An international perspective | Carbon Brief
Tue Nov 04 20:38:28 UTC 2014

Kerry: U.S., China should set example by agreeing on climate goals | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and China, the world's largest carbon emitters, have an opportunity to agree on ambitious targets to reduce climate-warming gas emissions and set the stage for

Temperature Forecasts

[ Climate sensitivity ]

IEA - Scenarios and projections

RealClimate: The certainty of uncertainty

RealClimate: A paper on climate sensitivity today in Science will no doubt see a great deal of press in the next few weeks. In Why is climate sensitivity so

IPCC's Planned Obsolescence: Fifth Assessment Report Will Ignore Crucial Permafrost Carbon Feedback! | ThinkProgress

A key reason the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change keeps issuing instantly irrelevant reports is that it keeps ignoring the latest climate science.
2011 Sep 6

Permafrost carbon-climate feedbacks accelerate global warming

Forecast: Hotter Climate Models Likely Right | Mother Jones

Climate change models underestimate likely temperature rise, report shows | Science |

Forecasts predicting less global warming fail to properly take into account cloud formation, say scientists

Climate Change: Scientists Forecast Dramatic Temperature Increase - SPIEGEL ONLINE

The planet must not be allowed to warm beyond 2 degrees Celsius, according to the official targets at the Climate Change Conference in Doha. But a new study shows the goal is far from realistic. Current human activity is set to increase the temperature by some 5 degrees, and the consequences will be dire, scientists warn.

Climate Change Report Warns of Dramatically Warmer World This Century

New World Bank-commissioned report, Turn Down the Heat, warns the world is on track to a “4°C world” marked by extreme heat-waves and life-threatening sea level rise.

The projected timing of climate departure from recent variability : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

How much hotter is the planet going to get? - environment - 09 March 2014 - New Scientist

A slew of new studies suggest the climate is highly sensitive to carbon dioxide, and explain why some recent work has said the opposite. New Scientist

Climate Science Predictions Prove Too Conservative - Scientific American

More Temperature Variability in a Warming World? Not So. | Yale Climate Connections

Climate sensitivity

Your questions on climate sensitivity answered | Carbon Brief

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory - Transient and Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity

How sensitive is our climate?

Climate sensitivity can be calculated empirically by comparing past temperature change to natural forcings at the time. Various periods of Earth's past have been examined in this manner and find broad agreement of a climate sensitivity of around 3°C.


China Just Got Serious About Global Warming. Now We're Really Out of Excuses. | Mother Jones

How much of China's carbon dioxide emissions is the rest of the world responsible for? | Carbon Brief
Wed Mar 05 03:20:02 UTC 2014

China to 'declare war' on pollution, premier says | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is to declare war on pollution, Premier Li Keqiang said on Wednesday at the opening of the annual meeting of parliament, with the government unveiling detailed measures to tackle

China's coal use falls for first time this century, analysis suggests | Environment |

Drop of 1-2% in amount of coal burned offers ‘a window of opportunity’ to bring climate change under control, say Greenpeace energy analysts

China to suspend new coal power plant approvals - Energydesk


Climate Code Red: Brightsiding

The Psychology of Global Warming

One way to psychologically deal with global warming is denial. For those who profit from fossil fuel production or those who want unlimited use of fossil fuels, this is the primary way in which the issue is addressed.

Apocalypses Everywhere

Let's lift the lid off the A-word, take a peek inside, and examine how it affects our everyday lives.

Perceptions of time in relation to climate change - Pahl - 2014 - Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change - Wiley Online Library

Scientists: Don’t make “extreme cold” centerpiece of global warming argument

Apocalypse Not: The Oscars, The Media And The Myth Of 'Constant Repetition Of Doomsday Messages' On Climate | ThinkProgress

The two greatest myths about global warming communications are 1) constant repetition of doomsday messages has been a major, ongoing strategy and 2) that strategy doesn’t work and indeed is actually counterproductive!

Saving the world should be based on promise, not fear | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian

George Monbiot: For 30 years I banged on about threats. But research shows we must to be true to ourselves – and to the wonder in nature

George Marshall on communicating climate change following extreme weather events | Transition Network

How empathy, not protest, can defeat Trump and right-wing extremism

\nIn Orson Scott Card’s great 1985 strategy novel “Ender’s Game,” a boy named Ender enters a training school where students learn skills for outwitting an opponent. They play computer games that become ever more challenging. Th


Years of Living Dangerously – a global warming blockbuster | John Abraham | Environment |

John Abraham: This new Showtime climate change documentary is a nonfiction thriller you won't want to miss

Shining Star Power on a Crucial Subject -

“Years of Living Dangerously,” an Emmy-winning documentary series about climate change that ran on Showtime this summer, is now available on streaming services and on DVD.

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YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY combines the blockbuster storytelling styles of Hollywood’s top movie makers, including James Cameron and Jerry Weintraub, with 60 Minutes® Joel Bach and David Gelber’s reporting expertise to reveal critical stories of heartbreak, hope and heroism, for the Showtime series about climate change.


Limericks of Doom

The Bustard | By James Atkins | Page 3

The Energy Crisis - feat. Copernicus [RAP NEWS 22] - YouTube

RAP NEWS 22 [S02:E02]. Like others that preceded us, our \"civilisation\" faces an Energy Crisis, one that threatens to bring an end to our brief joyride since...

Bill Nye Science Guy to Debate GOP Rep Gohmert on Gravity | Informed Comment


What Do We Mean When We Talk about “Value”?

We’re stuck with a threadbare story that few people really believe -- the “magic of the marketplace” advancing human progress and opportunity – and yet it is simply too useful for elites to abandon. How else can they justify their entitlements

Climate Scientists Spell Out Stark Danger And Immorality Of Inaction In New Leaked Report | ThinkProgress

The message from climate scientists about our ongoing failure to cut carbon pollution: The catastrophic changes in climate that we are voluntarily imposing on future generations cannot plausibly be undone for hundreds of years or more.

Degrowth & the Climate Crisis – from a Climate Justice Perspective

There is an increasing consensus on the need and urgency to tackle climate change and its consequences. This consensus is reinforced by the human and environmental disasters (tragedies) that occur every year due to extreme climate events, such as the

Carbon Budgets
2015-01-07 16:52:49

Leave the damn fossil fuels in the ground, says big nerdy study | Grist

For a somewhat safe climate, 82 percent of world coal reserves and every drop of Arctic oil must not be burned.

Degrowth and the Carbon Budget: Powerdown Strategies for Climate Stability - Part 1

Ed. note: This post is excerpted from a paper which can be accessed on the Simplicity Institute website here. We are publishing it on in two parts. Part 2 will be published later this week.\n1. INTRODUCTION1 \n\nIn recent years the

Greenhouse gas concentrations hit record high | Carbon Brief

World on track to be 4C warmer by 2100 because of missed carbon targets | Guardian Sustainable Business | Guardian Professional

Concerns about the short term costs and impacts of investment to address risks is paralysing action on climate change, writes Jonathan Grant

Could the 2C climate target be completely wrong? | Environment |

Adam Vaughan: The global warming goal that nearly 200 governments have agreed on should be ditched, say scientists writing in Nature

Letter to the PM outlining how 2°C demands an 80% cut in EU emissions by 2030

\nBelow is an open letter (22nd Oct. 2014) to both the UK’s Prime Minister and the Secretary of State at the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC). The letter summarises why the IPCC’s carbon budgets for a “likely” c

World on course to overshoot two degrees target, study shows | Carbon Brief

Limiting global warming to 2°C: the philosophy and the science

Industrial civilization must become technologically, economically, politically, and morally sustainable to hold the earth’s temperature below 2°C (3.6°F) higher than its preindustrial average. The problem…

Carbon Budget is Only Half as Big as Thought

\nThe days of producing electricity from fossil fuels may be drawing to an end. Image: Philip Milne via Flickr\nLONDON, 25 February, 2016 – Climate scientists have bad news for governments, energy companies, motorists, passengers and citizens ev

Carbon Footprint Calculators

Carbon Footprint Ltd - Carbon Footprint Calculator

Use the most popular online carbon footprint calculator and it's free to use. Calculate CO2 emissions from Cars, Flights, Home and Public Transport.

The Guardian's quick carbon calculator | Environment |

Calculate the impact of your travel, home and shopping habits with our simple carbon footprint calculator

Carbon footprints: National emissions - - Science Museum

There are several different methods of determining the national emissions of different countries, including the total amount emitted by a nation, the ‘per capita’ amount emitted for each of its citizens, and the cumulative amount the nation has emitted over the entire historical period. Each approach gives different insights. However, calculating the comparative carbon footprints of different countries isn’t straightforward, and different methods can give conflicting results.

CO2 emissions (metric tons per capita) | Data | Table

Carbon footprint calculator

Get a rough estimate or an accurate calculation of your carbon dioxide and other emissions from electricity, gas, oil, car, bus, train, plane, food and miscellaneous spending


[ Clothes | Flying ]

Guest post: Failure to tackle food demand could make 1.5C limit unachievable - Carbon Brief

Guest post on global food demand and its effects on agriculture, greenhouse gas emissions and the Paris Agreement.


A Whole New Cloth: Politics and the Fashion System

You probably need to be naked to read this paragraph with a clear conscience.



Naomi Klein: the hypocrisy behind the big business climate change battle | Environment | The Guardian

Richard Branson has pledged $3bn to fight climate change, and delivered just $230m. Naomi Klein looks at the 'greenwashing' of big business and its effects – on the planet, and our own bodies


[ Conservative ]

10 charts illustrating the IPCC's report, from rising emissions to transforming the energy sector | Carbon Brief

IPCC: rapid carbon emission cuts vital to stop severe impact of climate change | Environment |

Most important assessment of global warming yet warns carbon emissions must be cut sharply and soon, but UN’s IPCC says solutions are available and affordable

Briefing: What's new and interesting in the IPCC synthesis report | Carbon Brief

Danger: irreversible climate-change forces at work - Telegraph

The new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says \n that irreversible consequences could be averted, at surprisingly little \n cost, if action is taken without delay

New IPCC report: busting myths, both scientific and economic

The headline statements of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s new Synthesis Report – unequivocal climate change, almost certainly driven largely by humans, and an urgent need to cut emissions…

BBC News - Fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 says IPCC

The unrestricted use of fossil fuels must end soon if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, according to scientists on a UN-backed panel.

Media round-up: The IPCC synthesis report | Carbon Brief


The IPCC is stern on climate change – but it still underestimates the situation | Bill McKibben | Environment | The Guardian

Bill McKibben: UN body’s warning on carbon emissions is hard to ignore, but breaking the power of the fossil fuel industry won’t be easy



How the IPCC is sharpening its language on climate change | Carbon Brief

25 inspirational texts about climate change | Carbon Brief

Climate change march: Investors pledge to take their money out of firms blamed for climate change - Climate Change - Environment - The Independent

The backlash against fossil fuels is growing so fast that nearly 700 financial institutions controlling £30bn of assets have pledged to pull their money out of investments that exacerbate climate change, it emerged yesterday.

Adapting to climate change calls for a local approach, new research shows | Carbon Brief

Rate of deforestation in Indonesia overtakes Brazil, says study | Environment |

Indonesia lost 840,000 hectares of forest in 2012 compared to 460,000 hectares in Brazil, despite its forest being a quarter the size of the Amazon rainforest

New statistics show world’s tentative steps towards low carbon energy | Carbon Brief

Brazil Leads World in Reducing Carbon Emissions by Slashing Deforestation

Brazil leads the world in reducing carbon emissions by slowing deforestation in a process that saw continued growth of beef and soy industries.

Nitrous oxide emissions could double by 2050, study finds | Carbon Brief

Untangling greenhouse gas emissions highlights the importance of carbon dioxide | Carbon Brief

Powering up the poor shouldn't hurt the climate - environment - 19 October 2014 - New Scientist

When countries get rich, their emissions rise – but connecting poor rural households barely affects greenhouse gas emissions


[ Fracking | Alternative Fuels | Renewables | Techno-fix | Peak Oil | Nuclear | Tar Sands | Storage ]

Our Renewable Future Post Carbon Institute

Solar energy: Springtime for the artificial leaf : Nature News & Comment

Researchers make headway in turning photons into fuel.

WWF: UK needs four million heat pumps - 23 Oct 2014 - News from BusinessGreen

New report warns UK risks missing 2030 low carbon heat goals without concerted action,Energy,Policy ,Renewable Heat,Renewable Heat Incentive,WWF

While Didcot B burned, renewable energy powered on | Damian Carrington | Environment |

Damian Carrington: Fire at Oxfordshire power station is a reminder of the energy security risks of centralised fossil fuel power and that all energy sources suffer from intermittency


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Fracking and water pollution - SourceWatch

Fracking sites DOUBLE risk of developing lung and skin conditions | Mail Online

Yale University researchers surveyed 492 people in 180 households with ground-fed water wells in southwestern Pennsylvania, where natural gas extraction activity is significant.

'Catastrophe' Claim Adds Fuel to Methane Debate | Climate Central

Controlling methane emissions from oil and gas production in the U.S. is critical, and ignoring the problem will lead to “global catastrophe,” according to a Cornell University scientist.

Oklahoma earthquakes linked to fracking wastewater wells, study says | Environment |

Fifth of the quakes that helped turn the state into the earthquake capital of America were caused by just four wells

Achim Steiner: shale gas rush 'a liability' in efforts slow climate change | Environment |

UN's top environmental official says switch from coal to natural gas is delaying critical energy transition to renewables

Why we need an outright ban on fracking in the UK | Natalie Hynde | Comment is free |

Natalie Hynde, who was convicted on Monday after supergluing herself to a fellow anti-fracking protester at Balcombe, says more people should stand up against the risks

Jean Laherrere uses Hubbert linearization to estimate Bakken shale oil peak in 2014

In his latest research on shale oil French oil geologist Jean Laherrere from ASPO France estimates a Bakken shale oil peak in 2014 He uses a Hubbert linearization to...

Drill, Baby, Drill: Can Unconventional Fuels Usher in a New Era of Energy Abundance? Post Carbon Institute

Shale gas and fracking | Environment | The Guardian

Latest news and comment on shale gas and hydraulic fracturing - 'fracking'

Updated: The science of fracking and earthquakes | Carbon Brief

Drilling Deeper: New Report Casts Doubt on Fracking Production Numbers

Post Carbon Institute has published a report calling into question the production statistics touted by promoters of hydraulic fracturing or fracking. By calculating the production numbers on a well-by-well basis for shale gas and tight oil fields thro

The Revolution That Wasn’t: Why the Fracking Phenomenon Will Leave Us High and Dry

A new, landmark report shows that hopes of a long-term golden era in American oil & gas production are unfounded.

Frack Waste Investigation Launched by Pennsylvania Congressman

In light of an increasing number of studies showing that fracking produces toxic emissions that have serious human health impacts throughout the entire process, Pennsylvania Congressman Matt Cartwright, a first-term Democrat, has opened an investigati

Growth in Global Total Debt sustained a High Oil Price and delayed the Bakken “Red Queen”

The saying is that hindsight (always) provides 20/20 vision.\nIn this post I present a retrospective look at my prediction from 2012 published on The Oil Drum (The “Red Queen” series) where I predicted that Light Tight Oil (LTO) extraction

Texas oil town makes history as residents say no to fracking | Environment |

Oil and gas industry spent $700,000 to defeat ban in Denton, Texas, probably the most heavily fracked town in US

Fracking to prompt sharp rise in greenhouse gas emissions, study says | Environment | The Independent

Fracking is set to lead to a sharp rise in emissions of climate changing greenhouse gases, newly undermining industry and government claims that shale gas is a relatively clean fuel that can help combat global warming, an authoritative new study reveals. On Thursday, the United States and Canada agreed to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by almost half.

Dimock Water Contamination Verdict Prompts Calls for Federal Action on Fracking

\nLast week, in a historic verdict, a Pennsylvania jury awarded $4.24 million to two families in Dimock, PA who sued a shale gas driller, Cabot Oil and Gas Corp., over negligent drilling that contaminated their drinking water supplies.\n\nDimock has f

Fracking Contaminates Groundwater: Stanford Study

\nDrilling photo via shutterstock. Reproduced on with permission.\nAnother scientific study has confirmed that fracking, the controversial technology that blasts apart low-grade rocks containing molecules of hydrocarbons, can contaminat

Oil and Gas Activities Behind Texas Earthquakes Since 1925, Scientists Conclude

\nIf you've felt an earthquake in Texas at any point over the last four decades, odds are that quake wasn't naturally occurring, but was caused by oil and gas industry activities, according to a newly published scientific report.\nJust 13 percent of T


Council planners delay Cuadrilla's application for Lancashire fracking sites | Environment |

Planning officials say they want to push back a decision on the energy company’s proposed shale gas exploration sites at Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road

UK government's fracking definition 'could allow drilling without safeguards' | Environment | The Guardian

Leading geologist warns loophole in government’s legal definition of fracking could enable companies to bypass safety precautions


Shale Euphoria: The Boom and Bust of Sub Prime Oil and Natural Gas

Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first send mad\n\nIntroduction\nThe aim of this article is to show that the shale industry, whether extracting oil or gas, has never been financially sustainable. All around the world it has consistently disapp

Alternative Fuels

Coal gasification, fracking, and natural gas headlines

Click on the headline (link) for the full text.\n\nFire in the hole: After fracking comes coal\nFred Pearce, The New Scientist \nIF YOU thought shale gas was a nightmare, you ain't seen nothing yet. A subterranean world of previously ignored reserves

Carbon briefing: changing views on biofuels reflected in forthcoming climate report | Carbon Brief


In pictures: The hidden face of UK renewable electricity | Carbon Brief

BBC News - Tidal power generator unveiling hailed as landmark

A full-scale tidal power generator aimed at showing the potential for renewable energy is unveiled in Pembrokeshire.

The U.S. Added More New Capacity For Solar Than For Natural Gas In The First Half Of 2014 | ThinkProgress

The EIA said natural gas was the winner in terms of most new capacity additions in 2014, but Greentech Media says the agency failed to include small-scale solar projects in its estimate.

Breakthrough in solar panel manufacture promises cheap energy within a decade - Science - News - The Independent

A breakthrough in the production of solar cells will make the next generation of solar panels cheaper and safer, and promises to accelerate the development of solar energy over the next decade, scientists said.

Wind Turbine Syndrome? Courts Aren’t Buying It | Climate Central

Do wind turbines make people sick? Courts and scientists say they don't.


We wanted to know more about plans for a Tidal Lagoon in Swansea bay so we got in touch with the company doing it and asked them to write us a guest post on what they have in mind. Obviously this is a point of view from people with a project to fund-raise for, but we thought it was worth reading, do let us know your thoughts below.

Wind Could Provide Almost One-Fifth Of Global Electricity By 2030 | ThinkProgress

A new report points to a number of encouraging signs in the global wind industry.

Prudential becomes key backer of £1bn Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project - Wales Online

Reports suggest the insurer could be about to put up to £100m into the project

Morocco to switch on first phase of world's largest solar plant | Environment | The Guardian

Desert complex will provide electricity for more than 1 million people when complete, helping African country to supply most of its energy from renewables by 2030

Changing Everything

\nAmong climate change activists, solutions usually center on a transition to renewable energy. There may be differences over whether this would be best accomplished by a carbon tax, bigger subsidies for wind and solar power, divestment from fossil fu

World's largest floating windfarm to be built off Scottish coast | Environment | The Guardian

Statoil granted seabed lease to develop floating windfarm 15 miles off the coast of Peterhead that is expected to be operational by the end of 2017


Lockheed Martin Says It Will Have A Working Fusion Reactor In 10 Years -- But Will It Matter? | ThinkProgress

According to the announcement, the new reactors would generate 100 megawatts a piece and fit on a semi-trailer flatbed. But the deadline for using nuclear power to fight global warming may have already past.

Peak Oil

Peak oil: just around the corner - The Science Show - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Oil supplies are rapidly dwindling and demand is increasing leading analysts to warn of an impending oil crunch. The global oil supply has lost the equivalent of the volume of the North Sea oil reserve in 15 months. By 2014, supply is expected to fall short of demand. Other factors could bring that forward. Fatih Birol says the age of cheap oil is over and we all need to prepare ourselves for higher oil prices. Further he says no government is prepared for what lies ahead. Jeremy Leggett describes the oil crunch, when global supply fails to meet demand.

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SNAKE OIL: Chapter 1 - This is What Peak Oil Looks Like

Even if forecasting the exact date of the peak is a fool’s errand, only a fool would miss the signs that the world oil industry has entered a new, desperate era. Discoveries are down, costs are up. Production has flatlined, environmental impacts fro

Peak oil isn't dead; it just smells that way - GetRealList

Energy analyst Chris Nelder fires back at the latest batch of fact-free commentary claiming that peak oil is dead.

peak fossil fuels by 2017

peak fossil fuels by 2017 in Current Events is being discussed at Physics Forums

\"Peak is dead\" and the future of oil supply

Interview with indendent peak oil analyst Dr Richard G. Miller. Miller, trained as a geologist, joined BP as a geochemist in 1985. He is coauthor of The Future of Oil Supply published by the Royal Society.

The Peak Oil Crisis: A Winter Update

The recent growth in the “oil” production has been nowhere near what had been normal prior to the “Great Recession,”...

Exploring the \"why\" behind extreme energy

For eight months I've been travelling around England and Wales talking about 'unconventional gas' – shale gas[1], coal-bed methane[2] and underground coal gasification[3], which the media often erroneously conflate as 'fracking'[4]. This intensi

New Statesman | The age of cheap oil is over

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Ex govt adviser: \"global market shock\" from \"oil crash\" could hit in 2015 | Nafeez Ahmed | Environment |

A former oil man calls for renewable \"Renaissance\" to ward off shale dystopia

A Big Summer Story You Missed: Soaring Oil Debt

\nOver 100 of the world's largest energy companies are running out of cash. Photo of Keystone pipeline in Nebraska by Shannon Ramos. Creative Commons licensed.\nSome of the summer's biggest news stories took place in the bombed schools of Gaza, the ab

America: You’ve got three more years to drive normally!

\nThree more years? That’s pretty scary! Surely there must be a mistake in that headline.\nFirst in a series\nIs it possible that average Americans could have a hard time driving only three years from now? Preposterous, to say the very least! Th

Beginning of the End? Oil Companies Cut Back on Spending | Our Finite World

Steve Kopits recently gave a presentation explaining our current predicament: the cost of oil extraction has been rising rapidly (10.9% per year) but oil prices have been flat. Major oil companies are finding their profits squeezed, and have recently announced plans to sell off part of their assets in order to have funds to pay their dividends.…

Is there really an oil glut?

\nBack in March 1999 \"The Economist\" magazine carried a cover photo of two men drenched in oil as they attempted to close a faulty valve that was spraying a huge stream of crude skyward. Over the photo was the headline: \"Drown

New research points to risk peak oil presents to business | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

Locked into a destructive relationship with oil, it's not the planet, but business' own capital that is now at risk, write Alison Kemper and Roger Martin


Nuclear waste must be out of sight, but not out of mind | Environment | The Observer

Rebecca Bell: We’ve got an awful lot of nuclear waste to safely dispose of and it’s going nowhere without our help

Tar Sands

As Oil Prices Erode, Tar Sands Become Riskier Investments | InsideClimate News

As oil prices sagged again on Monday to a four-year low, the Carbon Tracker Initiative said the recent downward spiral \"changes the whole dynamic\" for Canada's tar sands production.


From liquid air to supercapacitors, energy storage is finally poised for a breakthrough | Environment | The Guardian

Banks of batteries and other technologies could lower energy bills and help renewable power, says energy storage industry as it gears up for bumper year


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Degrowth-movement refuted by climate-report? No, not at all!

\nRight before the recent UN climate change summit and shortly after the Leipzig Degrowth-Conference, international media, governments and the United Nations enthusiastically welcomed a new report entitled “Better Growth, Better Climate” a

How to Integrate Gift Circles into Any Community

\nGift circle, photo credit: Jill Ettinger\nCommunity: the Missing Ingredient to Happiness\nI first learned of Gift Economy in a geodesic dome in the gorgeous middle of nowhere, Utah at a Reality Sandwich retreat in 2009. Charles Eisenstein was there

Well-Tended Fires Outperform Modern Cooking Stoves

\nImage: a typical three-stone fire. Source: Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.\nDespite technological advancements since the Industrial Revolution, cooking remains a spectacularly inefficient process. This holds true for poor and rich countries al

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Climate Outreach – Does Changing Everything Need Everyone? Thoughts on Naomi Klein’s new climate change book

#itshappening: real signs of a brighter future | 1010

Simple Revolution

The only way to stop climate change now may be revolution – Quartz

So it's come to this. Last year, a researcher presented a paper on climate change at the American Geophysical Union's meeting entitled \"Is Earth F**ked?\" which advocated \"environmental direct action, resistance taken from outside the dominant culture, as in protests, blockades and sabotage by indigenous peoples, workers, anarchists and other activist groups.\" Last month, the Philippines climate...

Activism and Integrity

\nMy first mentor was a Zen Master. I gained her acquaintance at Argonne National Laboratories, of all places, where the Zen community I was part of at the time rented space for retreats. Despite her calm, centered demeanor – or perhaps bec

Simple Living

The high price of materialism

\nDescartes might have figured this out if he had access to monogrammed bath towels\n\nA war on climate change is a war on materialism, plain and simple. The carbon pollution spewing out of our power plants and tail pipes is a natural byproduct of the

Consumption Makes Us Sad? Science Says We Can Be Happy With Less - The Daily Beast

Psychologists say your loss of interest in the gifts you just received may be hedonic adaptation.

Born to Buy?

With Christmas past, household consumption reached its yearly peak in many countries. Whilst this celebration still brings up a homely picture of tranquility, the truth is that Christmas is characterized more by frenzied shopping, stress and overspend

Consumerism and Happiness - headlines

Click on the headline (link) for the full text.\n\nThe Gift of Death\nGeorge Monbiot, \nThere’s nothing they need, nothing they don’t own already, nothing they even want. So you buy them a solar-powered waving queen; a belly bu

The Movement to Live More Simply Is Older Than You Think

\nThe ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes took simple living to the extreme, and lived in an old wine barrel. Painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme, used courtesy of Wikimedia Commons\nWhen the recently elected Pope Francis assumed office, h

A New Movement for Health and Happiness

Researchers have discovered a “wonder drug” for many of today’s most common medical problems, says Dr. Bob Sallis, a family practitioner at a Kaiser Permanente clinic in Fontana, California. It’s been proven to help treat or pr

Voluntary Simplicity and the Steady-State Economy

Voluntary simplicity is most basically characterized by the practices of mindfulness and material sufficiency. Through bringing mindfulness to our daily lives, we seek the maximum of well-being achievable through the minimum of material consumption. W

Happiness and the New Simplicity: The Living Room Revolution of Community

\nCecile Andrews has been engaged with New Dream for many years through her work on consumerism. Her first book, The Circle of Simplicity, focused on the voluntary simplicity movement. A few years later she brought together essays by leaders of the mo

Elephants: Involuntary Simplicity

Note: This is a draft of a piece written for a forthcoming collection of essays on Voluntary Simplicity and its role in thinking about Peak Oil, Climate Change and the Economic Crisis. I welcome comments, critiques and suggestions for this piece. BTW,

Happiness, simplicity and apocalypse - May 1

Click on the headline (link) for the full text. Many more articles are available through the Energy Bulletin homepage. Happiness theory at center stage in Soros economic conference John Cassidy, New Yorker Inside George Soros’s “Monstrous Monkey

Make time for something other than money

\n\n \nI was getting dressed one morning, half-listening to a TV interview with a Swedish businessman, when one of his comments caught my ear. “When you have heavy taxes, it takes away the desire to get rich, and then you start focusing

Defining the Simple Life

\nBelow is the foreword to Simple Living in History: Pioneers of the Deep Future, edited by Samuel Alexander and Amanda McLeod. This book collects together 26 chapters discussing individuals, cultures, and movements that have embraced forms of

Energy: Thriving On Five Percent?


Guide to Building Thriving, Resilient Communities

Keeping Local Communities Alive For When We Will Most Need Them | Humanity's Test

The Power of a Plan B

\nWhen Hay on Wye was threatened with a new supermarket in what appeared to be a cosy done deal between the local authority and a developer, a group of local people responded with a 'Plan B For Hay', bringing together architects, lawyers, designers an


The anarchist's shoes

In which I learn why manufactured shoes are bad for you and how to make your own.\n\n \nAt Thanksgiving dinner the Anarchist was admiring the black ankle boot moccasins I was wearing with my sarong pants and I announced that I was goi

Carbon Trading

Why a healthy carbon market underpins the EU's 2030 climate goals | Carbon Brief

Climate change: Carbon trading edges closer as UN brokers deal - Climate Change - Environment - The Independent

The world is on the brink of enlisting market forces in the fight against climate change on a truly global scale for the first time, United Nations officials have claimed.

EU climate policy, energy bills and how best to decarbonise the UK | Carbon Brief


Why cycling is great for everyone – not just cyclists | Environment |

Mass cycling could save the NHS £17bn in 20 years, cut 500 road deaths a year and reduce smog, says a new study for British Cycling

14 Reasons Why Cargo Bikes Are Better Than Delivery Trucks

Captain Obvious here: Cargo bikes are designed for carrying cargo - and here are the 14 reasons they do it better and faster than delivery trucks.

Are roads for cars or kids? My part in the fight to make people-friendly streets | Environment | The Guardian

A Play Streets scheme that closes roads to cars opened Clare Rogers’ eyes to the idea of roads for recreation. Now she’s part of a grassroots campaign to revolutionise cycling in Enfield – but the battle isn’t over



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Denmark considers phasing out coal by 2025 in big green shift | Reuters

COPENHAGEN, Nov 1 (Reuters) - Denmark should ban coal use by 2025 to make the Nordic nation a leader in fighting global warming, adding to green measures ranging from wind energy to bicycle power, Denmark's

UK to pledge \"strongly\" to Green Climate Fund

NEWS: Climate and energy minister says UK will make significant donation to UN's green bank in November

BBC News - Wind farm shares to be sold to locals under new scheme

People could be offered the chance to buy shares in local wind farms, solar farms and hydro power stations under new industry guidelines.

Scottish shops start charging for bags | Environment | The Guardian

Charge of at least 5p a carrier bag introduced in bid to emulate 70% fall in usage in Wales and Northern Ireland

What is Fee and Dividend? | Climate Lobby

Germany’s energy transition - ECIU

The German Energiewende (energy transformation) explained

Oslo votes to slash emissions 95% by 2030 | Climate Home - climate change news

Norway's capital announces ambitious carbon cutting plans with a car-free city centre and clean energy buses topping the agenda


Legal Case: White House Argues Against Considering Climate Change on Energy Projects | DeSmogBlog

Just over a month before the United Nations convenes on September 23 in New York City to discuss climate change and activists gather for a week of action, the Obama White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) argued it does not have to offer guidance to federal agencies it coordinates with to consider climate change impacts for energy decisions. It came just a few weeks before a leaked draft copy of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) latest assessment said climate disruption could cause “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.” Initially filed as a February 2008 petition to CEQ by the International Center for Technology Assessment, the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) when George W. Bush still served as President, it had been stalled for years.  Six and a half years later and another term into the Obama Administration, however, things have finally moved forward. Or backwards, depending on who you ask.  NEPA and CEQ The initial February 2008 legal petition issued by the plaintiffs was rather simple: the White House's Council for Environmental Quality (CEQ) should provide guidance to federal agencies it coordinates with to weigh climate change impacts when utilizing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on energy policy decisions.  A legal process completely skirted in recent prominent tar sands pipeline cases by both TransCanada and Enbridge, NEPA is referred to by legal scholars as the “Magna Carta” of environmental law. Magna Carta; Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons CEQ oversees major tenets of environmental, energy and climate policy. It often serves as the final arbiter on many major legislative pushes proposed by Congress and federal agencies much in the same way the White House's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) does for regulatory policy.

Will the climate debate end up being fought in court?

Society generally has a clear idea of what constitutes a crime, and those in positions of power are usually held to very high standards. Politicians charged with making decisions on the needs of society…

Federal Court Halts Plans for Colorado Coal Mine Citing Climate Change Concerns » EcoWatch

Forcing Government Action on Climate Change: Two Noteworthy Legal Initiatives

\nWhile much of the momentum to fight climate change is focused on political channels, there are parallel efforts using law to force government to take specific, enforceable actions to reduce carbon emissions. It’s a difficult battle, but in rec

Urgenda judgment: a \"victory\" for the climate likely to backfire

A Dutch court climate ruling sets a dangerous precedent for judicial activism, clashes with EU law and may undermine global climate talks, argues a lawyer.

Global warming: Shareholders must vote for climate-change mitigation : Nature News & Comment

Investors who are standing idly by as emissions erode the value of their stock could find themselves in court, warn Howard Covington and colleagues.

Teens challenge US government for not protecting them from climate change | US news | The Guardian

If allowed to go forward, plaintiffs in Oregon will ask court to hold government responsible for violating their rights to life, liberty, property and equal protection

Overnight Regulation: EPA faces lawsuit over airplane emissions | TheHill

Airplanes should face more stringent emissions rules, climate activists say.


Divest MPs' pension fund from fossil fuels, says Caroline Lucas | Environment |

Green party MP calls on parliament to pull money out of gas, coal and oil investments

Copenhagen set to divest from fossil fuels | Environment | The Guardian

The mayor of Denmark’s capital launches a push to withdraw the city’s £700m investment fund out of coal, oil and gas holdings
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Rockefeller fund dumping fossil fuels, hits Exxon on climate issues | Reuters

The Rockefeller Family Fundsaid on Wednesday it will divest from fossil fuels as quickly aspossible and \"eliminate holdings\" of Exxon Mobil,chiding the oil company for allegedly misleading the publicabout the threat of climate change.


Humble spud poised to launch a world food revolution | Science | The Observer

Dutch team is pioneering development of crops fed by sea water, writes Tracy McVeigh

Organic farming 'could be key to feeding the world as global warming takes hold' | Climate Change | Environment | The Independent

Organic farming – long held to be irrelevant in tackling world hunger – could be key to feeding the world as global warming takes hold, one of the biggest studies ever to be carried out into the “contentious” practice has concluded.

Climate Change Threatens Global Food Security — Here's What Needs to Be Done | Alternet

While extreme events used to occur once every 100 years, they can now be expected every few decades.

Negative Emissions

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Emissions reduction: Scrutinize CO2 removal methods : Nature News & Comment

The viability and environmental risks of removing carbon dioxide from the air must be assessed if we are to achieve the Paris goals, writes Phil Williamson.

UK homes could be heated by hydrogen under plan to tackle global warming

Carbon Capture

Coal carbon capture could increase future climate risks, study finds | Carbon Brief

Around the world in 22 carbon capture projects | Carbon Brief

Plants absorb more CO2 than we thought, but ...

Through burning fossil fuels, humans are rapidly driving up levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which in turn is raising global temperatures. But not all the CO2 released from burning coal, oil…

RealClimate: How do trees change the climate?

RealClimate: Guest commentary from Abby Swann (U. Washington) This past month, an op-ed by Nadine Unger appeared in the New York Times with the headline “To save the

Carbon capture technology could take off this decade - report

NEWS: There are 23 carbon capture and storage plants running or under construction, according to the latest review - 50% more than in 2011

Technology to Make Clean Energy From Coal Is Stumbling in Practice - The New York Times

A large-scale project in Canada to capture carbon from a coal-burning power plant has fallen short of its goal and its costs are soaring.

Guest post: Do we need BECCS to avoid dangerous climate change? - Carbon Brief

Prof Jason Lowe is Head of Knowledge Integration and Mitigation Advice at the Met Office. Here, he discusses the feasibility of BECCS.

Timeline: How BECCS became climate change's 'saviour' technology - Carbon Brief

Carbon Brief pieces together the seminal moments which saw BECCS develop into one of the key options for combating climate change.


How we can make good decisions about geoengineering | Carbon Brief

Geoengineering WON'T stop global warming, warns study | Daily Mail Online

This is according to a study led by Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, which argues that while climate engineering is a cheap option, in the long-term it will prove ineffective.

Geoengineering side effects could be potentially disastrous, research shows | Environment |

Comparison of five proposed methods shows they are ineffective, alter weather systems or could not be safely stopped


Analysis: Is the UK relying on 'negative emissions' to meet its climate targets? - Carbon Brief

Carbon Brief looks at how the UK might resort to \"sucking\" CO2 from the atmosphere, in order to help meet its climate targets in the future.



Humans – the real threat to life on Earth | Environment | The Observer

If population levels continue to rise, our grandchildren will see the Earth plunged into crisis, argues Stephen Emmott

National debt and population growth, and how banks work

National debt in UK appeared when population began to grow

Global overpopulation would ‘withstand war, disasters and disease’ | World news | The Guardian

National Academy of Sciences says even brutal world conflict or lethal pandemic would leave unsustainable human numbers

Climate Change: The Next Generation



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