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 Justice and Governmental Honesty #COP21

James Hansen talks at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP21) in Paris, December 1, 2015. Filmed by Paul Beckwith http://paulbeckwith.net Release http://paulbeckwith.net/2015/12/02/james-hansen-talks-climate-change-at-cop21/ Related 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, Sea Level Rise and Superstorms: Evidence from Paleoclimate Data, Climate Modeling, and…

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…

Research Confirms ExxonMobil and Koch funded Climate Denial

 Unearthing America’s Deep Network of Climate Change Deniers A new study attempts the first tally of those driving the peculiarly American strain of climate change denial. Bloomberg: The American public has turned away from outright denial of climate change. Sixty-three percent of adults describe the problem as “serious” in the latest opinion poll from the Washington Post and ABC News, a…

Kevin Anderson – Delivering on 2°C: evolution or revolution?

With fourteen of the fifteen warmest years on record having occurred since the year 2000; with oceans both warming and acidifying; and with unequivocal scientific evidence that burning fossil fuels is the principal cause – what can we do to rapidly reduce emissions? This lecture will revisit the mitigation agenda in light of the IPCC’s…