The idea we might need nuclear power to save biodiversity from the effects of climate change is one that could not have been foreseen thirty years ago, at the height of the anti-nuclear movement. But it’s an idea that more and more scientists of all stripes as well as energy […]
Below are a set of excerpts from a CCNF virtual session with Ben Franta, PhD Candidate in Applied Physics at the...
Last month Pope Francis released Laudato Si, a papal encyclical devoted to environmental issues. The document combines...
One of the downsides of working in policy is that you end up hearing the same arguments over and over again. So I was...
“Symbols matter, because they signal our intent, and they invite other people to join in our intent.” – Naomi Oreskes, Professor, Harvard University. Almost 20 years have gone by since that confident moment in Kyoto when leaders of nearly all the planet’s nations signed on to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In the […]Read more ›
While Judith Curry brings up some interesting notions in ‘Climate Sensitivity Uncertainy‘, I don’t agree with many of her arguments and conclusions. I’m pleased that Dr. Curry acknowledges that “uncertainty in itself is not a reason for inaction” (see also ‘Why Climate Uncertainty is No Excuse for Doing Nothing‘ on […]Read more ›
In a press conference ahead of the UN Climate Summit two week ago, UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon stated: “Action on climate change is urgent. The more we delay, the more we will pay in lives and in money.” The recently appointed UN Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio stated “The debate is over. […]Read more ›
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.  In the context of climate change, “mitigation” can be a very dirty word for conservatives because it implies more government intervention […]Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›
David Roberts on Grist.org: “If you aren’t alarmed about climate, you aren’t paying attention.” [For general commentary by CCNF Scientist Community]
Summary of initial comments (paraphrases and quotes) [updated 4/28/14]: Dr. Andreas Schmittner: “Climate scientists don’t predict catastrophic impacts. They project impacts.” There’s an important difference. “Given the forcings climate scientists can project climate change for the future” but whether it is “catastrophic change [or] benign change [is a] valuation up to […]Read more ›