We’re halfway through the two weeks of the climate change negotiations here in Paris, and one contentious part of the draft text being negotiated is Article 3.1, entitled “Collective Long-Term Goal.” This will be a fundamental to the Paris Agreement, because it will establish what the nations of the world agree to be their ultimate objective in terms of global warming. Will it be to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average, or 2 degrees, or—God forbid—no limit at all?
December 8, 2015 9:33 AM EDT
November 20, 2014 12:23 PM EDT
Today, NOAA announced another startling record-breaking month of elevated global temperatures. We have just experienced the hottest October since record keeping began 135 years ago. This year, May, June, August, September and now October – half the months so far – all smashed previous records for global land and ocean temperatures.
According to NOAA, “The January–October combined global land and ocean average surface temperature was the warmest such period on record, surpassing the previous record set in 1998 and 2010.”
June 16, 2014 12:30 PM EDT
When Secretary of State John Kerry was appointed to be our top diplomat, he told his staff at State that he wanted to take stronger international action to conserve and manage the oceans. This week, the Secretary is holding an international conference in Washington as a signature event fulfilling that commitment. Read more >
April 15, 2014 4:30 PM EDT
One small but important breakthrough in the new IPCC report on climate mitigation, released Sunday in Berlin, is that the chapter on agriculture, forest, and other land use (AFOLU) looks at the demand side, not just supply. In other words, it not only asks how we can create less global warming pollution in producing food and wood products, but also what kinds of food and wood products we ought to be producing and consuming if we want to avoid catastrophic climate change. Read more >
April 1, 2014 4:05 PM EDT
Reading the summary of the IPCC report on climate impacts, I was struck by the parallels between the major findings and the observed trends in the U.S. Read more >