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Analysis: How well have climate models projected global warming

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Afternoon sunlight casts long shadows from thunderhead anvils down onto southern Borneo Credit: NASA Archive / Alamy Stock Photo

Scientists have been making projections of future global warming using climate models of increasing complexity for the past four decades

October 5, 2017 — These models, driven by atmospheric physics and biogeochemistry, play an important role in our understanding of the Earth’s climate and how it will likely change in the future. Continue reading Analysis: How well have climate models projected global warming

Climate optimism has been a disaster. We need a new language – desperately

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A flooded home in Houston. ‘Major parts of the dominant global superpower have been decimated by two Katrina-dwarfing storms in less than a month.’ Photograph: David J Phillip/AP

The extreme weather of the past months is a game-changer: surely now the world is ready to talk about climate change as a civilisation-collapsing catastrophe

September 21, 2017 — In 1988, when the scientist James Hansen told a senate committee that it was “time to stop waffling so much and say that the evidence is pretty strong that the greenhouse effect Continue reading Climate optimism has been a disaster. We need a new language – desperately

Planet at its hottest in 115,000 years thanks to climate change, experts say

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A coal-fired power station. ‘Massive CO2 extraction’ costing trillions is needed in order to avoid runaway temperature rises, says a new paper. Photograph: Florian Gaertner/Photothek via Getty Images

Global warming is said to be bringing temperatures last seen during an interglacial era, when sea level was 6-9 meters (20-30ft) higher than today

October 4, 2016 — The global temperature has increased to a level not seen for 115,000 years, requiring daunting technological advances that will cost the coming generations hundreds of trillions Continue reading Planet at its hottest in 115,000 years thanks to climate change, experts say

By failing to rein in climate change, our children’s rights are being disregarded

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Ghoramara Island in the Bay of Bengal, India, is quickly disappearing due to erosion and rise in sea level. Photograph: Sushavan Nandy / Barcroft Image

A paper from the prominent NASA climate scientist James Hansen reminds us of the debt young people face if we continue our high fossil fuel emissions

October 4, 2016 — The past is a different country – take the USSR during 1988 which was being convulsed as Mikhail Gorbachev’s perestroika swept through the nation. A nation that three years Continue reading By failing to rein in climate change, our children’s rights are being disregarded

Middle East Summers Could Become Unlivable By End of Century

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The “father of global warming” has a dire warning for people living in hot, tropical locales

March 2, 2016 — James Hansen has a dire warning for the Middle East and tropical areas: Summer is coming.

Continue reading Middle East Summers Could Become Unlivable By End of Century