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Statement on the Latest Report from the IPCC

March 30, 2014 | 11:00 pm | , Founder & Chairman, The Climate Reality Project

The new report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change—the world’s preeminent group of climate scientists—represents even more definitive evidence of the growing urgency to immediately reduce the spewing of global warming pollution. The atmosphere can no longer be used as an open sewer. The costs of carbon pollution are clear: decreasing crop yields, more destructive storms, the spreading of tropical diseases to temperate latitudes, rising seas, more climate refugees, failures of governance, increasing floods, deepening droughts, more destructive fires and heat waves—all contributing to the new reality of the global climate crisis. Put together, these factors are already … Read More

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Top Climate Stories of 2013 – #9 Science Speaks Up

December 20, 2013 | 9:00 am |

#9 Science Speaks Up This September, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of more than 800 experts representing 85 nations, released the first part of its fifth assessment report (known in the field as AR5). Behind the abundant acronyms, the report summarized what the world’s leading climate scientists know about climate change, and the verdict was unequivocal: scientists are more certain than ever that greenhouse gases from human activity is the primary driver of climate change. Ninety-five percent certain, to be exact. Or to put it another way, scientists are as certain that human activity is causing … Read More

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Some news from Durban you haven’t heard

December 12, 2011 | 4:03 pm | , President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project

For the past two weeks, negotiators from around the world gathered in Durban, South Africa to discuss the next steps on a global climate treaty. Extending the negotiations by two extra days, delegates agreed on a path forward toward a global agreement with legal force that will apply to all countries in the years ahead.

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Climate change and weather extremes

November 22, 2011 | 10:00 am | , President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project

Today, the world is swept up in an economic crisis and engaged in passionate debate about how to solve it. But as this new report reminds us, we face another crisis that is just as immediate and urgent: a crisis about our climate and our vulnerability to extreme weather.

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Life is change … or is it?

September 21, 2011 | 1:23 pm | , Science and Solutions Director

There’s an old saying that goes: “The only thing constant in life is change.” Because living things already cope with an ever-changing world, it’s easy to think they can handle human-made climate change as well. But as one of our readers recently noted, the rate of climate change poses a new challenge to species. Earth has warmed, on average, by about 0.8 degrees Celsius since 1880 — about 10 times faster than in the last 21,000 years. About two thirds of that warming has taken place since just 1975, with the biggest changes near the poles. Of course, plants and … Read More

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