Sunday, December 9, 2018

A tale of two reports about the state of the climate

I realized today that I wrote a lot about the reaction to the National Climate Assessment but did not look at the report itself.  It's time to correct that oversight by watching Report reveals dire consequences of climate change from CBS News.

A government report released [the] Friday [after Thanksgiving] reveals the dire consequences of climate change. Jeff Berardelli, a CBS News climate and weather contributor, joined CBSN to discuss the report's findings.
That's as bad as anything in the IPCC report that came out earlier this year.  As far as doing something about the situation, another United Nations report came out the next week on progress toward the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.  It did not have good news.  DW (Deutsche Welle) English uploaded a segment about that in UN climate report warns world lagging on climate goals.

The UN say the world needs to step up its efforts to stop catastrophic climate change, A new report from the United Nations environment agency found greenhouse gas emissions rose in 2017 - after three years of decline. It say the world is losing the race to cap global warming at two degrees Celsius - the target set out in the 2015 Paris climate treaty.
This report came out in advance of COP24, the U.N. climate conference in Poland.  I plan on writing more about that after I post something about the Golden Globes.  After all, it's Sunday, so it's time to kick off awards season with an entertainment feature.


  1. What was the Climate Science Special Report in the years 1818 and 1918?

    1. Strictly speaking, there wouldn't have been any, as the document is a product of the Global Change Research Act of 1990, which I mentioned in R.I.P. George H.W. Bush, the last Republican President I voted for. However, a 1818 report would have been written at the tail end of the Little Ice Age right after The Year Without a Summer, so it would have reported continued cold climate. As for 1918, would have been written after a brief warm spell that happened after another prolonged cooling trend. In both cases, a warmer climate might have been welcome. That's not the case now. It's warming up too quickly.