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Peter Frumhoff

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About the author: Peter Frumhoff is a global change ecologist and serves as chief scientist for the UCS climate campaign. Dr. Frumhoff is an internationally-recognized expert on climate change impacts, climate science and policy, tropical forest conservation and management, and biological diversity. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology. See Peter's full bio.

Who Is Responsible for Climate Change? New Study Identifies the Top 90 Producers of Industrial Carbon Emissions

Today’s publication in the journal Climatic Change by Richard Heede on Tracing anthropogenic carbon dioxide and methane emissions to fossil fuel and cement producers, 1854–2010 provides a robust scientific basis for motivating fresh thinking and dialogue about responsibility for taking action to address climate change. Read More

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2° C or Not 2° C: Insights from the Latest IPCC Climate Report

In his “To Be or Not to Be” soliloquy, Shakespeare’s Hamlet eloquently presents each of us with an opportunity to wrestle with the timeless question of how to respond to the slings and arrows of life’s outrageous fortunes.

With today’s release of the Summary for Policymakers of Working Group I:  The Physical Science Basis, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) presents us with a very different opportunity to wrestle with our collective response to the slings and arrows of unabated carbon emissions on our warming planet. To be sure, the formal language of the IPCC is far less eloquent than Shakespeare’s, but the authoritative and cautiously-written climate science synthesis provokes us to confront profoundly important questions – questions that are hugely time-sensitive, not timeless. Read More

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How Might History Judge President Obama’s Climate Plan?

The sweltering heat of a summer day in our nation’s capital makes for a powerful backdrop to historic statements on climate change. Read More

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Share This Video: Finding Common Ground for Our Common Atmosphere

In his Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), James Boswell famously quotes Dr. Johnson as remarking that second marriages are the “triumph of hope over experience.” Today the same might be said of a second Obama administration working with a divided Congress to achieve meaningful bipartisan solutions to climate change.   Read More

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Dismal Science at the Wall Street Journal

UPDATE January 30th 2:50 PM (see at bottom of post)

The Wall Street Journal today published an opinion piece from 16 scientists urging candidates for public office to ignore the looming threat of climate change. While it’s entirely appropriate for scientists, like all citizens, to voice their personal opinions on public policy, the op-ed repeated a number of deeply misleading claims about climate science. Read More

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Honoring Steve Schneider: Climate Scientist, Communicator, Advocate

I’ve just returned from the Stephen H. Schneider Symposium in Boulder, Colorado, a three-day, live-webcast conference that commemorated the remarkable life and legacy of the Stanford-based climate scientist who died at the age of 65 in July 2010. All of the (rich) talks and discussions from the conference are posted here. Read More

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