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'IPCC Special Coverage' Edition
By Desi Doyen on 4/15/2014, 3:40pm PT  


 

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Green News Report Special Coverage: The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report on Mitigation: the costs, the risks, and the opportunities. Is it too late avoid climate catastrophe?... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): China's pollution may be causing America's extreme weather conditions; 900+ environmental activists killed around the world; March 2014 was 4th warmest on record; Kitimat, BC votes against tar sands pipeline; Solar-powered plane can 'fly forever'; OR: investigation finds aerial pesticides sprayed on residences; EPA underestimated fracking methane leaks ... PLUS: Innovation: Scientists discover how to generate solar power in the dark ... and much, MUCH more! ...

STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...

  • UN IPCC Assessment Report on MITIGATION: Risk Management And Reducing Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions:
    • VIDEO: Press Conference (Working Group III Report, Berlin) (United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)
    • UN IPCC: The 5th Assessment Report (UN IPCC):
      The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) provides a clear and most up to date view of the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change. It comprises of three Working Group (WG) reports and a Synthesis Report (SYR) which integrates and synthesize material in the WG reports for policymakers.

      The Working Group III contribution assesses the options for mitigating climate change and their underlying technological, economic and institutional requirements. It transparently lays out risks, uncertainty and ethical foundations of climate change mitigation policies on the global, national and sub-national level, investigates mitigation measures for all major sectors and assesses investment and finance issues.

  • UN IPCC 5th Assessment Report: Analysis:
  • Roadmap: Potential Pathways to Reducing Emissions:
  • Costs of Mitigation Will Be 'Modest' - and Much Cheaper Than Further Delay:
    • How to Solve Global Warming: It's the Energy Supply (Scientific American):
      Carbon storage has to expand rapidly, or coal burning has to cease, if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change.
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      Restraining global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius will require changing how the world produces and uses energy to power its cities and factories, heats and cools buildings, as well as moves people and goods in airplanes, trains, cars, ships and trucks, according to the IPCC. Changes are required not just in technology, but also in people's behavior.
    • IPCC Report: And now, for some good news (Business Green):
      IPCC report confirms a better and sustainable future is possible, the onus is now on political and business leaders to make it happen
    • Climate Panel Stunner: Avoiding Climate Catastrophe Is Super Cheap — But Only If We Act Now (Climate Progress) [emphasis added]:
      Now you might think it would be a no-brainer that humanity would be willing to pay a very high cost to avoid such catastrophes and achieve the low emission “2°C” (3.6°F) pathway in the left figure above (RCP2.6 — which is a total greenhouse gas level in 2100 equivalent to roughly 450 parts per million of CO2). But the third report finds that the “cost” of doing so is to reduce the median annual growth of consumption over this century by a mere 0.06%.

      You read that right, the annual growth loss to preserve a livable climate is 0.06% — and that’s “relative to annualized consumption growth in the baseline that is between 1.6% and 3% per year.” So we’re talking annual growth of, say 2.24% rather than 2.30% to save billions and billions of people from needless suffering for decades if not centuries.

    • Cost of fighting warming 'modest,' says UN panel (AP):
      "The longer we delay the higher would be the cost," IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri told The Associated Press after the panel's weeklong session in Berlin. "But despite that, the point I'm making is that even now, the cost is not something that's going to bring about a major disruption of economic systems. It's well within our reach."

  • UN IPCC 5th Assessment Report: Part 1 - The Science, Part 2 - The Impacts:
  • 402 ppm: Carbon Dioxide Levels Climb Into Uncharted Territory for Humans (Mashable):
    The amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere has exceeded 402 parts per million (ppm) during the past two days of observations, which is higher than at any time in at least the past 800,000 years, according to readings from monitoring equipment on a mountaintop in Hawaii.
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    Once emitted, a single molecule of carbon dioxide can remain aloft for hundreds of years, which means that the effects of today's industrial activities will be felt for the next several centuries, if not thousands of years.

'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...


FOR MORE on Climate Science and Climate Change, go to our Green News Report: Essential Background Page

  • Skeptical Science: Database with FULL DEBUNKING of ALL Climate Science Denier Myths
  • Warning: Even in the best-case scenario, climate change will kick our asses (Grist)
  • NASA Video: Warming over the last 130 years, and into the next 100 years: