Climate Change, Clashes and Riots

Are recent clashes and riots affected by climate change? And if so to what extent? An exhaustive study of a wide range of conflicts over thousands of years has found that rising temperatures are inevitably linked to an increase in violence. Stand by for more violence. As planetary temperatures rise, so does the likelihood of…

Climate-induced migration on the rise

Climate change is not only throwing ecosystems off balance; it is also threatening the livelihoods of many people, which can result in major migrations. But we are currently lacking both reliable data and effective political strategies to deal with these changes, as a conference organized in July 2013 by the Climate Service Center and the…

Amazon River Basin Tipping Point

Published on YouTube Dec 13, 2013: The Amazon River Basin holds 20% of the world ‘s freshwater and produces 20% of the world’s oxygen. And plays a major role in stabilizing the earth’s ecosystem. But the balance is shifting. Production and profit for a fast-growing economy jeopardizes the preservation of Amazonia. As Brazilians-and the world-watch…

Climate Change 2013 Working Group I: The Physical Science Basis

Published on YouTube Nov 21, 2013: The IPCC has produced a video on its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The first part on the Working Group I contribution to AR5 is now available. The other parts will be released with the successive approvals of the other two Working Group contributions and the Synthesis Report in the…

Superstorm Sandy One Year Later: ‘We’re Still Living Through It’

On Oct. 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy ravaged New York City’s waterfront. The Rockaway Peninsula in Queens still bears the scars. Houses damaged by floodwaters sag with rot and mold. Businesses are shuttered. The beach’s miles-long boardwalk is gone. One year later, the residents there face a difficult dilemma between staying and leaving, as the reality…

Climate change the state of the science (data visualization)

Published on YouTube Nov 19, 2013: Produced by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and Globaia and funded by the UN Foundation. The data visualization summarises and visualizes several of the most significant statements in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) recent Fifth Assessment Report, (Working Group I summary for policymakers, the Physical Science Basis). In…

Climate Change : 2013 is the top ten warmest year since 1850

Published on YouTube Nov 13, 2013: A new report released today suggests that 2013 is among the top ten warmest years since records began more than 160 years ago. The report released by the world meteorological organisation says excessive flooding and frequent drought will continue into the unforeseen future. Kenya meteorologists says cases of highland…

IPCC Report AR5 September 2013 (WG1) “The Pause”

On September 27 2013 the IPCC released the WG1 report of the IPCC AR5 assessment. UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon addressed the IPCC at Stockholm on 27 September. He stated that “the heat is on. We must act”. US Secretary of State John Kerry responded to the report saying “This is yet another wakeup call: those who deny the science…