BMR Vol. 4, Ed. 1: Feb, 2017
Remember this is a personal climate and sustainable research website: If you are not using the links on the left hand column of this page you are not getting the full benefit of The Blue Marble Report.
* EPA Climate Adaptation Plan
* European Commission -
* Effects of Drought on Forests
* Vulnerability Assessment
Fish and Shellfish to Climate
* The Carbon Brief
* U.S. National Climate
* Opportunities and
Business and Industry
* Ocean Acidification A to Z — Science, Impacts & Solutions
* Index Results
* What We Know: AAAS
* IPCC AR5 Working Group
1; Summary for Policy
* IPCC AR5 Working group 2;
Summary for Policy Makers:
* IPCC AR5 Working Group
3; Summary for Policy
* IEA 4 Energy Policies to
remain below 2℃:
* Ecosystems and
* Global Ocean Commission:
"From Decline to Recovery;
A Rescue Package for the
* Millennium Ecosystem Report:
GLOBAL SOURCES OF CLIMATE INFORMATION:
Sidney Environment Institute
Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment:
Stockholm Resilience Center:
THE WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANIZATION:
The Daily Planet
Stockholm Resilience Center
China Met. Admin.
Global Carbon Project:
International Energy Agency
Global IGBP Change
Convention on Biological Diversity:
Max Planck Institute
Ice melt, sea level rise and superstorms:
evidence from paleoclimate data, climate
modeling, and modern observations that
2◦C global warming is highly dangerous.
There is evidence of ice melt, sea level rise to +5–9 m, and extreme storms in the prior
interglacial period that was less than 1 ◦C warmer than today. Human-made climate
forcing is stronger and more rapid than paleo forcings, but much can be learned by
5 combining insights from paleoclimate, climate modeling, and on-going observations.
Follow Along: A Global Agreement to Act on Climate: The White House cites progress on addressing climate change here and around the globe.
The website is continuously updated with links, addresses by President Obama and other world leaders on the topics of climate change, mitigation, resilience, and adaptation. There are discussions of the cost and benefits of changing our energy paradigm to sustainable energy.
Oil Trains Face Tough Haul in California: "A statewide conflict over whether to allow more trains carrying crude oil into California is coming to a head in communities hundreds of miles apart.
The Central Coast town of San Luis Obispo and the Bay Area city of Benicia are poised to make decisions in the coming days that would have broad implications for the future of this type of import.
Longtime San Luis Obispo resident Heidi Harmon hopes to stop trains from hauling crude through her town, citing what she calls an “elevated risk of derailment.”
Oil trains would likely have to cross a 19th century bridge just a mile from the city’s thriving downtown."
Photo credit: Jake Miille/Jake Miille Photography
Guide to Climate Change Adaptation in Cities: This guide was prepared by the World Bank. The complete guide is available in pdf at the link provided above. Cities are leading the way in funding, technology and innovation in addressing adaptation to global warming and climate change. This guide provides a pathway ahead for municipal planners and policy makers to secure a safer and more prosperous future in an increasingly unstable and changing environment.
Copenhagen to divest all fossil fuel investments from £700m fund: "Copenhagen officials will confirm plans on Tuesday to divest from all fossil fuel holdings, according to Mayor Frank Jensen.The Danish capital has a 6.9 billion kroner (£704 million) investment fund and the new plan will see will see all its stocks and bonds in coal, oil and gas sold.
Addressing the media, Mr Jensen said: “Copenhagen is at the forefront of the world’s big cities in the green transition and we are working hard to become the world’s first CO2-neutral capital by 2025. Therefore it seems totally inappropriate for the city to still be investing in oil, coal and gas.”
U.S. Department of Defense has released a new directive: "Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience." Available free in pdf at the link above.
United Nations Climate Change News Room: Get the latest news and links in the international scene on climate change policy and planning.
"How Close Are We to "Dangerous" Planetary Warming." We have only a few years to reduce carbon emissions or we zip right past 2℃. Estimates of the time we have left depend upon when we start measuring emissions. Professor Michael Mann says we left pre-industrial norms around 1775. We should reach 2℃ at around 450 ppm. We're already over 400 ppm or committed to about 1.7℃. If we decide 2℃ is too much we may have already gone too far. To get below 1.5℃ we'll have to remove carbon dioxide already emitted.
Previously published at Planet Experts.
Adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement: Here you will find a link to the entire agreement in pdf format.
The Paris Climate Deal is President Obama's Biggest Accomplishment: Once thought to be fanciful the Paris agreement addresses unique aspects of this global problem. Climate extreme damages are irreversible. It is a global treaty. Deadlocks between major historical and current polluters were broken. The U.S. is the only nation with a government that largely denies climate change. Paris was a work around of U.S. Congressional denial.The success of Paris suggests greater meaningful progress in the future.
Three Reasons Why Global Warming Endangers The Planet: The problem of global warming will not magically stop at the turn of the century. Even if all emissions ceased today, we are more likely than not to see warming continue at a gradually slowing rate for centuries to come. Carbon dioxide is only one of several greenhouse gases (GHGs) in our atmosphere. It isn’t even the most potent. The problem is that CO2 remains a long time. The CO2 emissions we put out today will take hundreds of years to dissipate.
In Paris The USDA Puts Food and Climate Change Center Stage: "As world leaders gather in Paris this week to negotiate a new global climate agreement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is sounding the alarm about the enormous challenges ahead for the food we eat.The government agency has released a new report assessing the impacts of climate change on global food security and the U.S. food system."
The Marshall Islands are Disappearing: After WWII the Marshall Islands became a U.S. protectorate. They were granted their independent sovreignty in 1986. They have been a member of the U.N. since 1991. They entered a Compact of Free association in 2004. Formally a U.S. Protectorate, free association guarantees financial assistance for a specified period of time as well as diplomatic, economic and free movement privileges. Only the Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau have Compacts of Free Association with the U.S. Their geographic position is key to strategic U.S. interests in the region for their political, economic, and security role in the region. They are disappearing because of climate change and sea level rise.
France, Germany and Canada Call on World to Put a Price on Carbon: One of the smartest ways to make carbon dioxide limits binding is to put a price on it. In some cases carbon trades may also work. Putting a tax on bad things and not on good things as proven to be good economics for nearly a hundred years. Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau says British Columbia's carbon tax is "world class" and proves the tax does not hurt the economy.
UNSAFE CLIMATES: Was the Arab Spring and the civil war in Syria motivated by politics or failed crops and food shortages brought about by climate change? Will the arguments at COP21 in Paris this month be about economics, the environment or security? The inescapable facts are that they will be about all of these. An editorial by Elizabeth Kolbert for The New Yorker offers a clear overview of the task facing world leaders.
White House Releases Details of Bill Gates Climate Research Plan: A plan for Bill Gates to team with 19 governments and 28 billionaires from 10 countries to create a multibillion-dollar public-private coalition to fund clean-renewable energy research. Nearly 200 nations will negotiate measures at COP21 in Paris to cut emissions, and provide funding and technical assistance for developing nations. “This should help to send a strong signal that the world is committed to try to mobilize the resources necessary so countries can deploy clean-energy solutions in cost-effective ways in their economies,” said Brian Deese, senior climate change policy adviser to President Obama.
Global Warming causes Climate Change. Climate Change causes Climate Disruption. Learn the facts from scientists not talk show entertainers.