Panopticon’s Roundup of Climate News
Reported every other day
Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk. Watch the launch event here:
IPCC report leaked to AFP on 24 June 2021:
The choices societies make now will determine whether our species thrives or simply survives as the 21st century unfolds, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says in a draft report seen exclusively by AFP.
By far the most comprehensive catalogue ever assembled of how climate change is upending our world, the report reads like a 4,000-page indictment of humanity’s stewardship of the planet.
But the document, designed to influence critical policy decisions, is not scheduled for release until February 2022—too late for crunch UN summits this year on climate, biodiversity and food systems, some scientists say.
There is very little good news in the report, but the IPCC stresses that much can be done to avoid worst-case scenarios and prepare for impacts that can no longer be averted, the final takeaway.
“Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene”, a recent study co-authored by Will Steffen, noted chemist, climate systems analyst, and professor of Earth System Science at Australian National University, warns of catastrophic changes to the Earth climate if current emission trends are not immediately reversed.
The need for Adaptation alongside the Sixth Carbon Budget
Summary of the Climate Change Committee’s webinar
18th March 2021
Session Chair: Baroness Brown (Chair of CCC Adaptation Committee)
This event, as part of their Path to Net Zero series, considers the Climate Change Committee’s advice on the Sixth Carbon Budget, and delves into the areas where action on adaptation can and should complement steps to reduce UK emissions, resulting in multiple benefits.
‘Avoiding a Ghastly Future’ by Prof Emeritus Paul Ehrlich
1 May 2021
This is a clear, concise layout from Paul Ehrlich about the many measures of humanity’s damage to ecosystems and habitat around the world.
This talk is part of a 2021 conference, Delivering the Human Future. Produced by The Council for the Human Future.
Survey of Security Experts Warns of Potentially Catastrophic Climate Threats in the Next 20 Years
The 2021 Climate Security Risk Perception Survey was administered from February-March 2021 with responses from 57 global climate security experts working on these issues in the fields of defense and intelligence, climate and ecosystem change, and national security.
Climate Impacts: The daily consequences we’re choosing to ignore
We are destablizing the planet
Johan Rockström, from TED Countdown Launch Event, from October 2020
International Scholars’ Warning on Societal Disruption and Collapse: December 2020
UN Sec General António Guterres – “The State of the Planet is Broken”
A trip around the world with Robert Hunziger
Exploring abrupt eco-systems collapse happening now in different parts of the world.
- Antarctica – glacier, ice melt, and sea level rise
- Australia – runaway warming, & massive bleaching across Great Barrier Reef
- Amazon Rainforest – deforestation, climate change, fires, droughts, may already be emitting rather than sequestering carbon
- Oceans – acidification, destruction of base of food chain, toxic algal blooms causing massive sea animal death, sea level rise
- Greenland – glacier melt, sea level rise
- Arctic – now emitting carbon, loss of permafrost, methane and nitrous oxide eruptions, blue-ocean events, loss of albedo effect and jet-stream changes – likely to severely impact agriculture
Highly recommend this interview with Robert Hunziger from December 2020
Tipping Points: Too Risky to Bet Against
“Emergency on Planet Earth” Facts
Climatologist Wolfgang Knorr
This graph shows that we’ve been trying to act for a while… and all our attempts to reform since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 have coincided with a 60% increase in total greenhouse gas emissions.
It’s not working! (see attached picture)
Is Global Collapse Imminent?
Research paper by Graham Turner. The 1972 book Limits to Growth, which predicted our civilisation would probably collapse some time this century, has been criticised as doomsday fantasy since it was published. This research paper has found the book’s forecasts are accurate, 40 years on. If we continue to track in line with the book’s scenario, expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon.
The challenge goes far beyond climate change and emissions
It’s not one thing: it’s the compound impact of all these inter-connected things happening at the same time.
We need to consider all Seven Spheres
Find out more about the Seven Spheres in the Inner Green Deal podcast November 2020 https://podcast.ausha.co/inner-green-deal/issustainabilityrealistic