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Berkeley Lab Scientists See Urgent Need for Reducing Emissions

Lab experts are leading contributors to the IPCC Working Group III’s Fifth Assessment Report on climate change mitigation.

The bad news: a major transformation of our current energy supply system is needed in order to avoid a dangerous increase in global temperatures. The good news: the technologies needed to get there are mostly readily available. These are some of the main conclusions reached by experts from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and their Working Group III co-authors on the Fifth Assessment Report of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). (more…)

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Der Klimawandel macht keine Pause

Nächste Woche wird der sogenannte IPCC-Bericht in Schweden vorsgestellt. 800 Wissenschaftler haben daran gearbeitet. 1000 Seiten aktuelle Klimafoschung sind das Ergebnis. Alle wichtigen Klimaexperten der Welt werden die Ergebnisse und den Stand der Klimaforschung in Stockholm diskutieren. Greenpeace-Klimaexperte Karsten Smid erklärt, was IPCC bedeutet und was er von dem Gipfeltreffen der Klimaexperten erwartet.

Online-Redaktion: Was ist der IPCC?

Karsten Smid: Im Weltklimarat IPCC (Zwischenstaatlicher Ausschuss für Klimaänderungen) finden sich Wissenschaftler aus der ganzen Welt zusammen, die den aktuellen Wissensstand zur Klimaforschung zusammentragen und bewerten. Er wurde im November 1988 vom Umweltprogramm der Vereinten Nationen (UNEP) und der Weltorganisation für Meteorologie (WMO) als zwischenstaatliche Institution gegründet. Der IPCC betreibt selbst keine Forschung, sondern trägt die Ergebnisse der Forschungen in den verschiedenen Disziplinen zusammen. Er wurde 2007, gemeinsam mit dem ehemaligen US-Vizepräsidenten Al Gore, mit dem Friedensnobelpreis ausgezeichnet. (more…)

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Interview with Prof. Richard Rood: ‘The Saga of Climate Change’

Richard Rood, is a professor of atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences at the University of Michigan. He loves discussing the intersections of weather and climate, and climate and society. One of his current projects involves studying trends in extreme heat events. Rood is a blogger at Weather Underground and teaches a class on climate change problem solving.

As climate change is a favourite topic of Prof. Rood, so here we go. We have questions for him.

Q: How would you define ‘climate change?’

Richard Rood: As a basic definition, climate change would be an increase or decrease in the mean of the fundamental parameters we use to measure the Earth’s environment. This requires definition of several items: the parameters, what part of the environment, the amount of time used to calculate the mean, the spatial extent over which the parameters span, etc. Important amounts of time for our discussions of climate change are human, for example, the life span of the infrastructure in our cities. A common definition would be changes in the global average, surface air temperature, where the baseline is defined as a 30-year average. This is a weather- and atmosphere- based definition. (more…)

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MU Expert Predicts Hot, Dry Summer for Midwest

COLUMBIA, Mo. – For nearly a year, the Midwest and southwest United States have experienced drought and warmer than normal conditions. A University of Missouri expert is predicting no relief, as he expects drought and hot conditions to continue this summer.

“I expect one of two scenarios to play out; the first is a continued La Nina climate pattern to affect our weather this summer,” said Tony Lupo, professor and chair of the Department of Atmospheric Science in the School of Natural Resources. “This will lead to a drought and above average heat throughout the Midwest from Texas to Iowa, where farmers with parched fields can least afford dry conditions. However, it is also possible that a new El Nino pattern could develop this fall. While I don’t see this happening, it would bring more favorable temperatures and precipitation patterns to the Midwest.” (more…)

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Political Leaders Play Key Role in How Worried Americans Are By Climate Change

COLUMBUS, Ohio – More than extreme weather events and the work of scientists, it is national political leaders who influence how much Americans worry about the threat of climate change, new research finds.

In a study of public opinion from 2002 to 2010, researchers found that public belief that climate change was a threat peaked in 2006-2007 when Democrats and Republicans in Congress showed the most agreement on the issue. (more…)

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Reframing Climate Change: It’s as Much Cultural as Scientific

ANN ARBOR, Mich.— While debate on climate change often strikes a caustic tone, the real impediment to meaningful dialogue is that the two sides often talk past each other in what amounts to a “logic schism,” says a University of Michigan researcher.

“In a logic schism, a contest emerges in which opposing sides are debating different issues, seeking only information that supports their position and disconfirms their opponents’ arguments,” said Andy Hoffman, the Holcim (U.S.) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at U-M’s Ross School of Business and School of Natural Resources and Environment. “Each side views the other with suspicion, even demonizing the other, leading to a strong resistance to any form of engagement, much less negotiation and concession.” (more…)

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TEDxRedmond Conference Brings Some of the World’s Youngest Artists, Writers and Musicians to Speak on Microsoft Campus

REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 16, 2010On Saturday, Sept. 18, some of the nation’s most accomplished and awe-inspiring kids will be descending on the Microsoft campus. The roster includes a 14-year-old mountaineer who has climbed some of the tallest summits in the world including Mt. Everest, Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kosciuszko; three girls who started a nonprofit after a friend died of a rare form of cancer and have to date raised $250,000; and a 12-year-old environmental activist who has worked closely with Al Gore to raise awareness about global warming.


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Nobel Prize 2007

Here are the names of this year’s Nobel Prize Winners and the reasons for their achievements as cited in the announcements  Medicine – Mario R. Capecchi (USA), Sir Martin J. Evans (UK), Oliver Smithies (USA) –“for their discoveries of principles for introducing specific gene modifications in mice by the use of embryonic stem cells”  Physics […]

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