Why 2°C Global Warming is Highly Dangerous

Recently, James Hansen the former director of NASA GISS published new study findings about future sea level rise, ice melt, and temperature changes, as well as the possible implications for future climate. Above video highlights a part of a talk Hansen held on December 1, 2015 at the Paris climate change conference (COP21). The take…

James Hansen Talks Climate (In)Justice and Governmental (Dis)Honesty #COP21

James Hansen talks at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP21) in Paris, December 1, 2015. Filmed by Paul Beckwith, visit Paul’s website @ http://paulbeckwith.net/ for more climate coverage. Release http://paulbeckwith.net/2015/12/02/james-hansen-talks-climate-change-at-cop21/ Related study papers by Hansen Isolation of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Part I http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/mailings/2015/20150921_IceMeltPredictions.pdf Predictions Implicit in “Ice Melt” Paper and Global Implications http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/mailings/2015/20151127_Isolation.pdf Ice Melt,…

Nothing less than a ‘space race’ approach to saving the planet

By Christopher Grainger via TheConversation: In the late 1960s a good chunk of the world’s brightest minds and fanciest labs were devoted to one thing: space exploration. When NASA’s funding peaked in 1966 the organisation employed 400,000 people and consumed more than 4% of the US federal budget. Three years later, after less than a decade of serious…

How the benefits of climate action may outweigh the costs

For two economists, the probability of true catastrophe due to human-caused global warming prompted them to write “Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet,” which examines looming dangers and possible solutions. Economics correspondent Paul Solman takes a look at how we might weigh the costs and benefits of taking serious action to prevent…