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12 Graphics that Contain Everything You Need to Know about Climate Change Climate change is real, it’s here and it will be affecting the planet for a long, long time. That’s the lesson of the latest iteration of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change‘s state of climate science report, released in its entirety on January 30. Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have now touched 400 parts-per-million—and greenhouse gas pollution generally shows little sign of slowing. In fact, pollution has outpaced even the worst-case scenario imagined by the IPCC as recently as 2007. The following charts and graphics explain what that might mean for you, your children and many generations to come. 12 Graphics that Contain Everything You Need to Know about Climate Change
Sea ice in broken sheets off the coast of Alaska in late April, 2005. Flickr / U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Alaska Region. What is lost when the complexity of Arctic transformation is reduced to a few simple story-lines? Join us this Tuesday, 21 January, 12:00-14:00 at SEI HQ for a discussion with the authors. Book launch: Media and the Politics of Arctic Climate Change Book launch: Media and the Politics of Arctic Climate Change
Carbon report puts SA in the hot seat | News | Environment A new report on carbon emissions shows that only 90 international entities are responsible for two-thirds of all the greenhouse gas emissions in the past 250 years. A few are either based in South Africa or have listings on Johannesburg stock exchange ​the JSE. The nongovernmental Climate Accountability Institute investigated which companies had extracted the carbon-based fuels that have driven climate change. According to its report, 90 international entities have emitted 914-billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (every greenhouse gas is equated to carbon for easy calculating) in the past 259 years. The worst offenders are oil companies, with Chevron topping the list with 3.5% of all historical emissions. Carbon report puts SA in the hot seat | News | Environment
Jamie Clarke - 26th November 2013 Jamie Clarke points out that it is people’s value, rather than scientific knowledge are heart of the climate change debate, especially to skepticism. psychological evidence is provided. Last Friday’s launch of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment report was met with significant media coverage and much activity in the climate change world – but will it change the mind of anyone not already supportive of the issue? At COIN we argue that climate change campaigners need to do more than explain the science: they need to inspire people by speaking to their values. The new IPCC report re-emphasises the link between human activity and climate change, a conclusion reached by most climate advocates many years ago, but one which deniers have rallied against. Against this backdrop it is understandable that advocates focus on louder and clearer messages about the scientific consensus on human induced climate change. Values, Not Just Science, Need to be Central to the Climate Change Debate | Global Policy Journal - Practitioner, Academic, Global Governance, International Law, Economics, Security, Institutions, Comment & Opinion, Media, Events, Journal Values, Not Just Science, Need to be Central to the Climate Change Debate | Global Policy Journal - Practitioner, Academic, Global Governance, International Law, Economics, Security, Institutions, Comment & Opinion, Media, Events, Journal
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The Climate Disaster Bubbling in the Arctic The Climate Disaster Bubbling in the Arctic New research reveals that the amount of the potent greenhouse gas methane escaping from an area in the Arctic is over twice the amount previously estimated. Methane burns as it escapes through a hole in the ice. (Photo: University of Alaska Fairbanks) For the study published Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience, researchers looked at the East Siberian Arctic Shelf, a 2-million square kilometer area off the coast of Northern Siberia, and used various techniques including sonar technology to measure the methane escaping.
Fiona Harvey has listed the top football metaphors the Poles' choice of venue have wrought: One of the perils of holding a major international conference in a football stadium is that the assembled politicians and dignitaries see it as a prime opportunity to score some sports metaphors. They don't get many such opportunities, given the dry nature of these long-running negotiations, so maybe they can be forgiven – but some of the comments were clearly own goals. Here's a selection of the finest: Donald Tusk, prime minister of Poland: "The match is won by the team. In order to win, players have to collaborate." Christiana Figueres, UN's top climate official: "There are no two sides, but the whole of humanity. Warsaw climate talks – final day live blog | Environment Warsaw climate talks – final day live blog | Environment
UN climate talks bogged down over CO2 cuts, aid, on last day Delegates attend the Convention on Climate Change COP19 conference at the National Stadium in Warsaw on November 19, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel * Clear timetable to 2015 deal not expected * No major emissions goals set, funding not enough By Nina Chestney and Megan Rowling WARSAW, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Disputes over when rich and poor nations will set greenhouse gas targets and over climate aid to the developing world threatened to sink U.N. climate talks on the final day on Friday. UN climate talks bogged down over CO2 cuts, aid, on last day
Green groups walk out of UN climate talks | Environment Environment and development groups together with young people, trade unions and social movements walked out of the UN climate talks on Thursday in protest at what they say is the slow speed and lack of ambition of the negotiations in Warsaw. Wearing T-shirts reading "Volverermos" (We will return), around 800 people from organisations including Greenpeace, WWF, Oxfam, 350.org, Friends of the Earth, the Confederation and ActionAid, handed back their registration badges to the UN and left Poland's national stadium, where the talks are being held. "Movements representing people from every corner of the Earth have decided that the best use of our time is to voluntarily withdraw from the Warsaw climate talks. This will be the first time ever that there has been a mass withdrawal from a COP," said a WWF spokesman. "Warsaw, which should have been an important step in the just transition to a sustainable future, is on track to deliver virtually nothing. Green groups walk out of UN climate talks | Environment
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UN Climate Talks - COP19 - Institute of Development Studies UN Climate Talks - COP19 - Institute of Development Studies This year's global climate talks (COP19) began under the shadow of Typhoon Haiyan which wreaked devastation in the Philippines. The Philippines government has firmly connected the super typhoon with climate change, and have urged an end to the deadlock that has been haunting climate talks for a number of years. The results of the COP19 negotiations will shape the new global climate framework which is scheduled for 2015. At stake will be the lives and livelihoods of billions of people – the majority of who live in developing countries.
A Song of Our Warming Planet on Vimeo
If you find acronyms and science confusing here’s a quick-reference list to help you – press CTRL-F and start searching By Louisa Casson and Jamie Peters The technical language and huge volume of acronyms can make following climate change negotiations challenging. UN climate jargon buster: a guide to deciphering the Warsaw talks UN climate jargon buster: a guide to deciphering the Warsaw talks
I had high hopes of regular blogging when we started the journey of the Thuthuka-project. But the second part of the year got much more busy than I initially anticipated, and thus my postings on the blog dropped right off. But now the teaching term has come to an end, students are preparing for exams, and I have moments for deeper breathing and looking up to the expansive blue sky for thinking inspiration. Interesting links: August – October 2013 | 50shadesofevidence
Why does climate change adaptation in Africa ignore politics? Great broadside from Matthew Lockwood.

Naomi Klein: How science is telling us all to revolt

Waste land: large-scale irrigation strips nutrients from the soil, scars the landscape and could alter climatic conditions beyond repair. Image: Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto/ Flowers, London, Pivot Irrigation #11 High Plains, Texas Panhandle, USA (2011) In December 2012, a pink-haired complex systems researcher named Brad Werner made his way through the throng of 24,000 earth and space scientists at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, held annually in San Francisco. This year’s conference had some big-name participants, from Ed Stone of Nasa’s Voyager project, explaining a new milestone on the path to interstellar space, to the film-maker James Cameron, discussing his adventures in deep-sea submersibles. But it was Werner’s own session that was attracting much of the buzz. It was titled “Is Earth F**ked?”
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In the last few weeks of July I came across the following links that are relevant to our research project. (I got bogged down with admin, and didn’t get to publish this posting earlier.) On RCTs in development, systematic reviews, evidence, and policy: - In two blog postings in July, Kirsty discusses the anti-RCT sentiment in the development field by highlighting a few myths about RCTs, and she gives a number of tips for presenting synthesised evidence. Interesting links: July 2013 | 50shadesofevidence
Coursera.org This course explores the basic concepts and terms needed to understand the science of climate change, and the available mitigation, adaptation and policy options. By the end of the course, students will be able to: · Tell the story of our climate, describing how interactions among atmosphere, ocean, land, and life lead to climatic changes at all timescales
Climate change said affecting global spread of infectious diseases - UPI.com
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Transitions in practice
Infographic: What Climate Change Means for Africa and Asia
iChange Video Competition - new deadline: May 15th
Putting the 400 ppm CO2 thing in perspective – Greg Laden's Blog
Extreme Weather Swings From Record Drought To Flood May Be Sign Of Climate Change
Cool heads needed in Bonn for five-day talks on climate change - Environmental News | The Irish Times - Sat, Apr 27, 2013
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Antarctic nematodes and climate change
Capturing Women's Voices on Climate Change Through Participatory Video
Amazon’s indigenous people already experiencing early effects of climate change | Forest Carbon Portal
Interesting links 7 April 2013 | 50shadesofevidence
Watch 62 Years of Global Warming in 13 Seconds
Climate change threatens food security of urban poor | RTCC - Climate change news
James E. Hansen Retiring From NASA to Fight Global Warming
Exploring Climate Change through Science and in Society: An anthology of Mike Hulme's essays, interviews and speeches
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Talking to the UN Security Council about Climate Change | Perspectives on development
Peter Gleick cleared of forging documents in Heartland expose | Environment
Science says: Cut that steak in half to keep the climate in check
Trailers - SURVIVING PROGRESS
climate code red: Science update
The verdict is in on climate change - latimes.com
Development - Pachakuti: Indigenous perspectives, buen vivir, sumaq kawsay and degrowth
Capitalism vs. the Climate
12 heads of state to attend COP 17 talks
check out the COPpuccino COP17 talks | urban sprout
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ISS - Monograph 184: Carbon Trading in Africa, A Critical Review, Edited by Trusha Reddy
GDA comment: Rehad Desai | Durban Climate Justice
Democracy Now! Mobile
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Patrick Bond, speaking at OccupyCOP17, 10th December 2011
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Is South Africa addicted to coal?
What really happenend at Durban City Hall COP
While COP17 hailed 'a success', SA slammed as mediator
Climate change conference in trouble as China rejects proposals for new treaty | Environment
Analyst Blasts U.S. Negotiator at Climate Talks: Warns of “Eco-Apartheid” | Accuracy.Org
Capitalism vs. the Climate
20 World Cities Reflected in Water | Environmental Graffiti
Challenging climate apartheid
Open Data Resources for Climate Change
If carbon markets boom, who will benefit? Meet the trillion dollar club
Greenpeace Climate Change Resources