Climate Science

Patrice Taddonio


SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 

For centuries, the enormous ice sheet covering the Arctic island of Greenland has been relatively stable.

Rex Weyler

In July of this year, during record-smashing heat waves and forest fires, a group of scientists published “Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene,” exploring the risk that climate feedbacks could lead to runaway heating and a “Hothouse Earth.” Will Steffen, Johan Rockström, and Katherine Richardson — from the Universities of Stockholm, Australia, and Copenhagen, with colleagues from Stanford, Cambridge, Potsdam, The Netherlands, and elsewhere — published the paper in the US 

Fiona Ferguson
There  is still time. .

[Editor: This is surely one of the best expositions of the situation and of what has to be done right now.  A must read!]

There is Still Time for an Ecological Revolution to Prevent Hothouse Earth:

Dan Lashof

This story originally published on World Resources Institute.

If your colleague or child does well and you give her or him positive feedback, that’s good.

If climate change causes a cascade of impacts that result in additional climate change — which scientists call "positive feedback" — that’s bad, and maybe catastrophic.

Jonathan Watts
Blue sky begins to break through the clouds over Arctic Ocean ice Sept. 9, 2009. Photo by Patrick Kelley, U.S. Coast Guard

This story was originally published by The Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Deskcollaboration.

The oldest and thickest sea ice in the Arctic has started to break up, opening waters north of Greenland that are normally frozen, even in summer.

Ian Angus
earth hot zones
August 12, 2018

“The Earth System may be approaching a planetary threshold that could lock in a continuing rapid pathway toward much hotter conditions. … Incremental linear changes to the present socioeconomic system are not enough to stabilize the Earth System." 

Can the global climate be stabilized before runaway change creates conditions that are too hot for human civilization and deadly for most species?

Eric Holthaus
This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of the Climate Deskcollaboration.
Tim Radford

Researchers say the world may be approaching a tipping point, followed by a dangerous slide towards Hothouse Earth, an overheated planet.

LONDON, 7 August, 2018 – Human actions threaten to push the planet into a new state, called Hothouse Earth. In such a world global average temperatures could stabilise at 4°C or even 5°C higher than they have been for most of human history.

Ian Angus
Victor Wallis’s new book

 July 25, 2018


Victor Wallis’s new book is an important contribution to the growing ecosocialist movement, a passionate call to organize and act against capitalist ecocide


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