What did the IPCC actually say?

December 6, 2014 2:01 pm0 comments
What did the IPCC actually say?

COP20 is now underway in Lima and I have been on the newly created site for most of the week. Less than three months ago this was apparently an empty piece of land in a large Peruvian government complex, but now it is a bustling and well fitted out set […]

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The New Climate Pact between U.S. and China, details and reactions across media

November 20, 2014 10:16 am1 comment
President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Bejing on Wednesday, November 12th, after announcing the climate pact between their two countries. Republished under fair use.

The U.S. and China have reached a landmark agreement to significantly reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in the coming decades. The deal was announced last week by President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping at a joint press conference in Beijing after months of secret negotiations between the two administrations. The U.S. and China are the world’s two largest […]

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Scientists Talking Dirty: On “climate mitigation” and the goal of limiting warming to 2ºC (3.6ºF)?

October 1, 2014 2:31 pm0 comments
Scientists Talking Dirty: On “climate mitigation” and the goal of limiting warming to 2ºC (3.6ºF)?

Intro by Michael Quirke: In light of last week’s climate summit, I’ve asked for some thoughts from the scientists on “climate mitigation,” which entails reducing fossil fuel combustion or capturing and storing emissions. [1] In the context of climate change, “mitigation” can be a very dirty word for conservatives because it implies more government intervention […]

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Teaching Climate Change through Six Questions

August 12, 2014 3:47 pm5 comments
Teaching Climate Change through Six Questions

Given all the back and forth on climate change out there, it can be hard to know what to think. It’s also a complicated subject, so much of the information is distributed all over the place or in huge tomes. Below I’ve put together a fairly quick overview that I’ve […]

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The Public Debate on Climate Change

January 9, 2014 9:02 pm1 comment
Socrates in "The School of Athens" by Raphael.

The physical complexity of global climate is evident. However, resolving the issue of global warming is also socially and politically complex. It is not an isolated problem with an easy solution, since almost every human action requires energy and/or land use (and thus results in climate altering emissions). In contrast, […]

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