Expert asks, can we control the climate crisis in time?

Stefan Rahmstorf speaks at the 2017 Bonn climate conference, explaining the basics of global climate change, and outlines our current emissions pathway – asking if we can control the climate crisis. The talk is titled Climate Action and Human Wellbeing at a Crossroads: Historical Transformation or Backlash?

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Insect Armageddon, 75 percent decline in Germany

Scientists warn that insects could be facing “Armageddon” after a new study found that more than 75 percent of the insect population in Germany has declined in the last two decades. More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in protected areas Music composed by Piotr Wojtowicz aka…

Remembering Helmut Kohl’s Call for Climate Action (1995)

Today Helmut Kohl died, aged 87, he was chancellor of Germany from 1982 to 1998, and responsible to reunite Germany’s eastern and western parts. Back in 1995 he called for CO2 reductions, at a United Nations conference. Related Helmut Kohl, Chancellor Who Reunited Germany, Dies at 87 German: Der schwarze Riese Release via…

Watch how cities will get flooded with 10 feet sea level rise

Visualisation of sea level rise of 10 feet (3 meters), based on the risk zone map, provided by Climate Central. Current estimates about future sea level rise, consider up to 10 feet already locked in, due to the greenhouse gas emissions we have emitted so far. How fast this will happen is not certain yet.…

Wetterchaos in Deutschland Sommer 2016: Hagel, Fluten, Wirbelwinde

Was ist los mit unserem Wetter? Wochenlang richteten die beiden Tiefs „Elvira“ und „Friederike“ gewaltige Schäden an. Winzige Bäche wurden plötzlich zu reißenden Strömen. Mehrere Menschen starben, viele verloren ihre Existenz. Fast täglich bildeten sich neue Gewitterfronten, Tornados schlugen Schneisen der Verwüstung, Hagelstürme vernichteten Ernten. Sind die Unwetter unvermeidbare Naturkatastrophen oder Folgen des Klimawandels?

Extreme floods in Germany devastate another town, Extreme Fluten in Deutschland Juni 2016 #Simbach

02.06.2016 – Den Ort Triftern in Niederbayern und die umliegenden Dörfer hat die aktuelle Flut mit zerstörerischer wucht getroffen. Forscher begründen die zunahme von extrem Niederschlag mit dem Klimawandel. Simbach in Bayern aus der Luft / Lage observation. In NRW droht ein Deich zu bersten. Translation in English.   Related The Louvre Will Close Temporarily…

Another deluge hits frontpage news, this time in Germany

The SPIEGEL is currently covering what is called a Natural Disaster, official eyewitnesses from the natural disaster response describe the flash flood event as unprecedented. Here is some footage, via SPIEGEL, and context in German. Read more coverage from SPIEGEL, of the flood in Germany: Braunsbach nach dem Unwetter: “Chaos, einfach Chaos” Unprecedented, the new norm…

The Ukraine Crisis An Opportunity To Switch From Fossil To Clean Energy

The current crisis between Russia, the Ukraine and the West has escalated so far to pose a threat to the energy security of Germany. The New York Times noted: “Germany is now heavily reliant on Russia for its energy needs, importing more natural gas from Russia than any other country in Europe.” Further is the situation a problem…

German climate talks: ‘Waiting not an option’ Merkel

DW: At Germany’s annual Petersberg climate talks, German Chancellor Merkel has called for a binding pact by 2015 to reduce carbon emissions. She said inactivity only increased the cost of combating climate change later on.

At Monday’s Petersberg Climate Dialogue, as the meeting is officially called, Chancellor Angela Merkel called for an internationally binding climate pact to be completed by 2015.
“Doing nothing means that is will be much, much more costly for us all,” Merkel said at the start of the conference in Berlin, adding that she was under no illusions about the amount of work involved in such a pact but that “waiting is not an option.”