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Rolf Schuttenhelm

This CO2 concentration graph was released today in a report by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) – let’s say the folks that really know about the atmosphere – at the eve of ‘COP21′, the UN climate conference that will be held in Paris in December. Their report contains a very unmasked political message we should all take at heart in this important climate year.

When WMO Secretary General Michel Jarraud adds the below three quotes to its release – you get a feel that even the top scientists with high-ranking positions in society are as worried as we are:

International Council for Science

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Fram Dinshaw |

Climate prophecy

By Fram Dinshaw | October 30th 2015
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Government climate action would see warming well beyond 2°C – analysis

Bonn -- 2 September 2015 -- The climate targets so far submitted to the UN by governments collectively lead to global emissions far above the levels needed to hold warming to below 2°C, the Climate Action Tracker said today.

John Collee

I've always loved Big Science – the Large Hadron Collider, the Hubble space telescope – but the project that most excites me, and the one that would have the greatest impact on our lives, is the Machine To Predict the Future.

Some people are sceptical of its accuracy, to be sure, but those who trust it have made huge fortunes, and those who bet against it have lost much in the past three or four years.

Sceptics will always argue that climate modelling is not 100 per cent accurate but they are missing the point. 

Fram Dinshaw

A leading climate scientist gave an alarming warning that limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius may not prevent a catastrophic sea level rise that would leave major coastal cities from Miami to Mumbai at risk of drowning.

“I think that the major implication of that will be that we hand young people a climate system where it’s not possible to avoid a large sea level rise,” said Hansen, who went on to slam the two-degree target agreed upon at the 2009 Copenhagen talks as being “pulled out of a hat.”

John Foran

(July 10, 2015) I’m in Paris at a massive four day-long gathering that has been billed as “the largest forum for the scientific community to come together ahead of the 21st UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP21), which will be hosted by France in December 2015.” COP 21 is where the nations of the world have agreed to agree on a global climate treaty that is supposed to give us the best possible climate future as opposed to the catastrophic business-as-usual course we are on.


Scientists on Tuesday called for action to defuse a time bomb of Arctic greenhouse gas as negotiators at UN talks grappled over a climate rescue pact.

Arthur Neslen and Karl Mathiesen

Pledges made by countries to cut their carbon emissions ahead of a crunch climate summit in Paris later this year will delay the world passing the threshold for dangerous global warming by just two years, according to a new analysis.

The research, led by a former lead author on the UN’s climate science panel, found that the submissions so far by 36 countries to the UN would likely delay the world passing the threshold until 2038, rather than 2036 without the carbon cuts.

Barry Saxifrage

As the world prepares for the make-or-break climate conference in Paris this fall, each nation is expected to announce new climate targets. Last week, Canada became the 37th nation to do so.

The chart compares the climate pollution and targets of Canada, US and EU-28. Here is the story it tells.

Canada's new 2030 target is shown as a bold red bulls-eye on the far right. Our new pledge of 30 per cent below 2005 is equivalent to 13 per cent below our 1990 emissions.


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