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Climate Change Tipping Points and the Question of Civilizational Survival

We urgently need to view climate change not as a slow, linear process to which we can adapt safely over time, but as a nonlinear set of events involving dramatic and irreversible changes to the global ecosphere.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE

Forget About the ‘Hiatus’—Warming of the Earth Has Continued

After re-examining data that seemed to show global warming slowing since 1998, U.S. scientists say temperatures have continued to rise steadily.

Posted on Jun 7, 2015 READ MORE

United Nations: Global Finance Must Face Up to Climate Challenge

Trillions of dollars need to be redirected into building low-carbon economies to avoid serious climate change, the U.N. warns.

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE

U.N. Science Panel Calls for Fossil Fuel Phase-Out This Century

The destabilization of the climate will inflict “severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts” on humans and the natural world unless carbon emissions are cut sharply and rapidly, the most important assessment of global warming yet published says.

Posted on Nov 2, 2014 READ MORE

Hotter Oceans Explain Global Warming ‘Pause’

Far more heat than suspected is being absorbed by the oceans’ top layer, scientists have found, but a study has uncovered little evidence of rising warmth at greater depths.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE

East Antarctic Ice Basin ‘May Be At Risk’

It looks unlikely to happen for a very long time, but German researchers say they have discovered how part of the East Antarctic ice sheet could start an inexorable melt.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE

The Energy Revolution Is In Reverse

The world should be moving to a clean energy future, the IPCC says. The recent record of global greenhouse emissions show it’s heading in entirely the wrong direction.

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 READ MORE

Clean Energy Rollout Would Shave Fraction Off Economic Growth

A landmark U.N. study published Sunday says catastrophic climate change can be averted without sacrificing living standards, concluding that “the ditching of fossil fuels is eminently affordable,” The Guardian reports.

Posted on Apr 13, 2014 READ MORE

‘Forget the Cost—Tackle Climate Anyway’

If we want to be sure the world will remain habitable we should stop trying to work out the cost and just take action anyway, two researchers say—and in any case, the cost is unknowable.

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 READ MORE

Climate Change ‘Makes Violence Likelier’

Climate is helping to increase political instability and violence, scientists say, in studies that reinforce a key conclusion by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 READ MORE

AAAS: Changing Climate May Bring Irreversible Alterations

U.S. scientists have intervened in the policy debate to say the evidence that the climate is changing is as strong as that which links smoking with cancer.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE

Look: Earth Over the Next Century

An international group of scientists concerned with understanding how Earth functions as a system has created a beautiful and terrifying visual summary of data collected by the United Nations’ climate panel to project how conditions on the surface of the planet will change in the next 100 years.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE

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Climate Pause—For Thought and Action

Those who question the seriousness of the threat climate change poses have strange notions of the risks they think are acceptable.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE

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Ocean Warming Narrows Climate Options

The scientists have done their job; now is the time for politicians to lead, and everyone to act.

Posted on Sep 29, 2013 READ MORE

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Criticisms of the 5th IPCC Report

There has been a wide welcome for the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report—AR5. But some reviewers have found surprising omissions.

Posted on Sep 28, 2013 READ MORE

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The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change delivers the first part of its Fifth Assessment Report, with its main conclusion: Humanity’s fingerprints are all over this warming planet.

Posted on Sep 27, 2013 READ MORE

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A Cooler Century? Wait and See

New research suggesting the Earth may be warming more slowly than expected does not mean climate change is a false alarm, experts say.

Posted on May 25, 2013 READ MORE

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Climate Landmark Is a Grave Warning Sign

Humanity on Friday passed a milestone on the way to planetary destruction when monitoring stations registered 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide spread throughout the atmosphere.

Posted on May 11, 2013 READ MORE

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Prepare for 5°C Warmer World, Former Leader of Climate Change Panel Says

There is now no chance of keeping the rise in global temperature caused by climate change beneath the widely accepted target level of 2°C, says a former head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE

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Landmark U.N. Climate Report Leaked Online

A little-known U.S.-based climate change denier named Alec Rawls leaked an early draft of a major global warming report, claiming that a single sentence about the influence of cosmic rays on the earth’s climate “completely undercuts the main premise and the main conclusion of the full report.” Other report reviewers say he is wrong.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 READ MORE

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Global Warming Likely to Match Our Worst Fears, Study Finds

Newer, more complete scientific models suggest that the worst predictions of man-made global warming—an average global temperature increase of 8 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100—may be the most accurate.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE

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New Climate Study Changes Some Minds

Global warming is happening and “humans are almost entirely the cause.” That’s the conclusion reached by a team of researchers at UC Berkeley, led by professor Richard Muller, who now considers himself a “converted skeptic” on the issue.

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 READ MORE

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Time to Remake the Climate

Scientists are telling us we can engineer our way out of the climate crisis, and with the intellectual property behind most of the solutions sitting in the public domain, any person or country with a few billion dollars could do it.

Posted on May 31, 2012 READ MORE

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‘Climategate’? Not So Much

A British panel investigating allegations that several scientists studying climate change had massaged their data to prop up global warming claims has largely cleared them of those charges ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE


Climate Crisis Threatens Billions

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned that the climate crisis could afflict billions of people, especially the poor, with food and water shortages, drought and flooding. “For the first time, we are no longer arm-waving with models; this is empirical data,” explained one of the panel’s leading scientists.

Posted on Apr 6, 2007 READ MORE

Political Climate Change Needed

Unfortunately, framing the global-warming issue in catastrophic terms tends to paralyze us, not mobilize us.

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE

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Truthdigger of the Week: Dr. Susan Solomon

Truthdig tips its hat this week to the U.S. government scientist who braved certain backlash from the Bush White House for pushing through the most authoritative report yet on the dangers of global warming. 

Posted on Feb 2, 2007 READ MORE

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