climate-change


Climate Enters Unchartered Territory—But We Can Prepare for the Risks Global Warming Brings

, climate scientist

The World Meteorological Organization recently released its State of The Global Climate for 2016. There was a wealth of information in it: a new temperature record (approximately 1.1 °C above the pre-industrial period and 0.06 °C above the previous record set in 2015), CO2 new highs (400.0 ± 0.1 ppm in the atmosphere at the end of 2015), unprecedented global sea-ice extent (more than 4 million km2 below average in November), and global sea level rise in early 2016 values making new records (with plenty of coral bleaching and acidification). Although the facts are sobering, we can prepare for the risks that global warming will bring. Read more >

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Oregon’s Climate Check-Up Offers Serious Prognosis Without Preventative Action

, Western states senior climate analyst

Each January, I journey to my doctor’s office for my annual physical. She briefly reviews my medical history before conducting an examination, and we end our visit by discussing key risk factors and a plan to manage them. Read more >

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Oregon Climate Change Research Institute
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Standing Up to Pernicious New Attacks on Federal Climate Scientists

, director of science & policy

UPDATE (February 10, 2017): A draft version of a manuscript on NOAA’s ERSSTv5 climate dataset has been leaked while it is undergoing peer-review. As submitted, the paper’s findings are consistent with those in Karl et al (2015) on NOAA’s previous dataset (ERSSTv4) and with independent datasets from other research groups. This is a routine update to incorporate modest improvements. There was no global warming “hiatus.”

The time-tested climate denial strategy of attacking the reputations of prominent climate scientists in order to sow doubt about the evidence and risks of climate change is being trotted out again. Read more >

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Will Electric Cars Thrive, Survive, or Die Under President Trump?

, senior policy analyst, Clean Vehicles

President Trump just dropped his “America First” energy plan and, not surprisingly, it doesn’t include renewable energy or electric vehicles. It does, however, mention the importance of protecting clean air and clean water though it also encourages the very energy sources that pollute both of these public goods. Weird. Read more >

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Are Business’ Zero-Deforestation Palm Oil Pledges Being Kept? Here’s How We’ll Know

, scientific adviser, Climate and Energy

One important development of the past decade is the large number of corporate commitments to eliminate deforestation and exploitation from their supply chains. In response to the demands of civil society, and recognizing the critical value of their brands’ images to their bottom lines, dozen of companies have pledged to become deforestation- and exploitation-free by specific dates—often 2020 or sooner. But how can we—the consumers who buy their products and insisted that they act—know whether they’re actually doing what they promised?

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