Category: 2018

Greenland Melting (360°) | FRONTLINE

Greenland Melting (360°) | FRONTLINE: undefined

Beyond the Anthropocene | Johan Rockström

Beyond the Anthropocene | Johan Rockström: undefined

Thawing permafrost may release more CO2 than p…

Thawing permafrost may release more CO2 than previously thought, study suggests: undefined

Shell and Exxon’s secret 1980s climate change …

Shell and Exxon’s secret 1980s climate change warnings | Benjamin Franta:

Later that decade, in 1988, an internal report by Shell projected similar effects but also found that CO2 could double even earlier, by 2030. Privately, these companies did not dispute the links between their products, global warming, and ecological calamity. On the contrary, their research confirmed the connections.

Shell’s assessment foresaw a one-meter sea-level rise, and noted that warming could also fuel disintegration of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, resulting in a worldwide rise in sea level of “five to six meters.” That would be enough to inundate entire low-lying countries.

Shell’s analysts also warned of the “disappearance of specific ecosystems or habitat destruction,” predicted an increase in “runoff, destructive floods, and inundation of low-lying farmland,” and said that “new sources of freshwater would be required” to compensate for changes in precipitation. Global changes in air temperature would also “drastically change the way people live and work.” All told, Shell concluded, “the changes may be the greatest in recorded history.”

For its part, Exxon warned of “potentially catastrophic events that must be considered.” Like Shell’s experts, Exxon’s scientists predicted devastating sea-level rise, and warned that the American Midwest and other parts of the world could become desert-like. Looking on the bright side, the company expressed its confidence that “this problem is not as significant to mankind as a nuclear holocaust or world famine.”

Expert talks global warming and what needs to …

Expert talks global warming and what needs to be done:

“We are experiencing new extremes, because we have made a new climate.”

Next 5 years predicted to be abnormally hot

Next 5 years predicted to be abnormally hot:

The system, developed by researchers at CNRS, the University of Southampton and the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, does not use traditional simulation techniques. Instead, it applies a statistical method to search 20th and 21st century climate simulations made using several reference models (1) to find ‘analogues’ of current climate conditions and deduce future possibilities. The precision and reliability of this probabilistic system proved to be at least equivalent to current methods, particularly for the purpose of simulating the global warming hiatus of the beginning of this century.

The new method predicts that mean air temperature may be abnormally high in 2018-2022 – higher than figures inferred from anthropogenic global warming alone. In particular, this is due to a low probability of intense cold events. The phenomenon is even more salient with respect to sea surface temperatures, due to a high probability of heat events, which, in the presence of certain conditions, can cause an increase in tropical storm activity.

Transformation: Rockström, are we condemned to…

Transformation: Rockström, are we condemned to a Hothouse Earth?: undefined

The Arctic Is Close To Being Ice Free In The S…

The Arctic Is Close To Being Ice Free In The Summer. This Will Accelerate Climate Change: undefined

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A Debate on Geoengineering: Should We Delibera…

A Debate on Geoengineering: Should We Deliberately “Hack” Planet Earth to Combat Climate Change?: undefined