There has been a bit of excitement and confusion this week about a new paper in Nature Geoscience, claiming that we can still limit global warming to below 1.5 °C above preindustrial temperatures, whilst emitting another ~800 Gigatons of carbon dioxide. That’s much more than previously thought, so how come? And while that sounds like very welcome good news, is it true? Here’s the key points.
Real Climate 22nd May 2017 read more »
Floods, droughts and heatwaves could cost the economy tens of billions of pounds and hundreds of thousands of jobs by 2050, according to a new report commissioned by conservation charity WWF. A “natural capital” stress test found that flooding in 2050 on a similar scale to the winter of 2013/14 would affect more than twice as many homes if current policies – such as allowing construction on flood plains – continued. The process is based on stress tests used in the financial sector to try to work out the future health of a company, such as a bank, in the event of an economic crisis. WWF said there were some “major environmental challenges” on the way, so it made sense to try to “future-proof” the economy.
Independent 25th Sept 2017 read more »