Global Warming is Accelerating

Back in 1982, Exxon’s environmental affairs office circulated an internal report to Exxon’s management which said that the consequences of climate change could be catastrophic, and that a significant reduction in fossil fuel consumption would be necessary to curtail future climate change. It also said that “there is concern among some scientific groups that once…

Classic: Ralph Cicerone, Roles for Scientists (2009)

Ralph Cicerone (1943-2016), former President of the National Academy of Sciences outlines the challenges of climate change and the roles that science and scientists must play in meeting them. Series: “Roger Revelle Centennial Symposium” Source: University of California Television (UCTV) https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=4cXsmckZKas Ralph Cicerone, former president of the National Academy of Sciences, has passed away at…

Jim White: The Past and Future of Climate Communication

Jim White (University of Colorado Boulder) talks January 17, 2019 about past and future climate progress, at the Weather and Climate Summit 2019. The talk is titled, “A look back and forward: 30 years of crying in the wildness.” Watch the full live stream recording by StormCenter Communications https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zw5SFTJktTM

Hugh Montgomery: Are Humans Like a Virus on Planet Earth?

The EPA, as part of the National Dialogue on Climate Action, hosted a public lecture on health and climate change presented by Prof. Hugh Montgomery. The EPA’s Climate Change lecture series has been running since late 2007, bringing a range of Irish and international speakers to The Mansion House in Dublin to update Irish audiences…

The Incredible Track Record of Early Climate Models

Thirty years ago, NASA scientist James Hansen testified to Congress that the age of climate change had arrived. Sources Ashley Byrne interviews Jim Hansen for DW (published August 24, 2018) https://www.dw.com/en/worldlink-meet-mr-climate-change/av-45197919 Hansen et al 1981 https://pubs.giss.nasa.gov/abs/ha04600x.html Hansen et al 1988 https://pubs.giss.nasa.gov/abs/ha02700w.html From the Archives, 1988: Global Warming Has Begun, Expert Tells Senate https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/climate/2015-paris-climate-talks/from-the-archives-1988-global-warming-has-begun-expert-tells-senate STUDY FINDS…

Al Gore and Strangers talk Environment in 1992

June 2, 1992 – Environment Justice Act and Rio Earth Summit Sen. Gore, member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, discussed the environment as a political issue, including legislation he advocates to protect the environment, and the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development which begins June 3 in Brazil. Sen. Gore,…

Roger Revelle’s 1980 Discussion of CO2 and Climate Risks

Roger Revelle, is a pioneering researcher in the study of the human influence on the atmosphere, carbon cycle and climate https://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/31/roger-revelles-1980-discussion-of-co2-and-climate-risks In 1980, then director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Revelle gave the talk “The Role of the Oceans in Earth’s Climate and Carbon Budget” at Lawrence Livermore National Labs. He gives a great overview…

Carl Sagan, Al Gore in 1985 +2m SLR +5°C by 2100 Manabe, MacDonald, Cicerone, Abrahamson

Carl Sagan, Al Gore in 1985 +2m SLR +5°C by 2100 Manabe, MacDonald, Cicerone, Abrahamson December 10, 1985 – A group of senators and scientists today called for national and international action to avert a predicted warming of the earth’s climate resulting from a buildup of carbon dioxide and other man-made gases in the atmosphere.…

Earthwatch a historic disaster documentary

Extreme weather events and other disasters, and what to do were discussed in the late 50s and 70s, including the consideration of climate change (1958), or more broadly pollution (1972). This short presents a compilation of historic disaster documentary style film footage. Climate Change 1958: The Bell Telephone Science Hour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-AXBbuDxRY Your Chance to Live:…

How the U.S. and Russia teamed up on Climate Change

After the Cold War, climate change was the driving force behind unusual political cooperation between secret services in the United States and in Russia. This documentary tells of unknown research projects, but also of surprising friendships. http://www.dw.com/en/climate-change-the-warning/av-42269458

The Sciences of the Anthropocene explained

In this opening lecture of the Environmental Change Institute’s MSc in Environmental Change and Management, Professor Yadvinder Malhi discusses the emerging concept of the Anthropocene. In his lecture he explores the history of the concept, how it is used in disciplines ranging from the Earth system sciences, geology, ecology, social sciences and in the wider…