Thursday, 31 October 2013

Marine Destrez: Climate Change and Human Rights

In the video below, my former course mate and friend Marine Destrez joins other analyst to discuss the relationship between climate change and human rights. The video is produced by FRONTLINECLUB and was created a couple of years ago..

Friday, 4 October 2013

Your Questions on the Newly released IPCC Report Answered

Climate Central Senior Scientist Claudia Tebaldi is a lead author on the newly released section and discusses some of the highlights and the process of drafting the massive report in the video and transcript below.

This video is produced by Climate Central.

Friday, 27 September 2013

Climate Change is Real: It threatens our Home-The Earth

The evidence has never been clearer, claims a panel of scientists drawn from across the world under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The worst news remains that humans are the culprits of this massive interference with the natural climate system. These group of world-renowned scientists are 95 per cent certain about their assertion that humans are responsible for this. According to the Report by the UN Climate experts, there exist physical evidence of changes in the climate - from the ground, the air and in the oceans. Climate change is unequivocal as the scientists conclude.
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The first part of a recent IPCC trilogy, appears to be the most comprehensive statement on our understanding of the mechanics of a changing global climate in our planet. It maintains that since the 1950s, many changes in the climate system are 'unprecedented over decades to millennia'. In each of the last three decades, there have been a progressively and successively warmer temperatures at the Earth's surface, these have been warmer than in any period since the year 1850. Indeed, these warmer temperatures have been higher than at any time in the past 1,400 years.
Qin Dahe, co-chair of IPCC working group one, who produced the report stated that 'Our assessment of the science finds that the atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amount of snow and ice has diminished, the global mean sea level has risen and that concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased'. 
The challenges before the international community now is how to respond to this impending catastrophe, how to share the responsibilities of addressing climate change and most importantly how the entire humanity could adapt to the changes while simultaneously mitigating our emissions of Greenhouse gases. If the science of climate change seems controversial, the process of negotiating international treaties to combat it are even more acrimonious. From the negotiation and adoption of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, to the negotiation, adoption and extension of the Kyoto Protocol, the process have been challenging.
At the advent of such a conclusive and comprehensive report by a team of renowned scientist indicating that humans are responsible for climate change, will States now be more willing to cooperate to address this problem in our interest and in the interest of future generations. Will the United States now take a leadership position on this global problem? Will politics give way to common sense and a desire to protect the planet for future generations? Will the sceptics now be convinced? Could we now have an effective international legal and policy regime on climate change? Only time will tell!

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Earth: The Climate Wars - Episode 3 (Final)

Wow! So after years of scepticism,  the sceptical scientists have finally come to agree that climate change is real. What is not completely clear is the exact extent of the impacts the changing climate will have on us. In this last Episode, the question of impact is examined. Enjoy!

Documentary by the BBC

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Earth: The Climate Wars - Episode 2

In a series of documentaries the BBC examines the climate change debates. Here is episode 2 of this intriguing documentary.

Documentary by the BBC