Coming to a Planet Near You

from The World at 350 by Bill McKibben, 2008:

“A few weeks ago, our foremost climatologist, NASA’s Jim Hansen, submitted a paper to Science magazine with several co-authors. The abstract attached to it argued — and I have never read stronger language in a scientific paper — “if humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on earth is adapted, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from its current 385 ppm to at most 350 ppm.”

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“Hansen’s words were well-chosen: ʻa planet similar to that on which civilization developed.’ People will doubtless survive on a non-350 planet, but those who do will be so preoccupied, coping with the endless unintended consequences of an overheated planet, that civilization may not.

“Civilization is what grows up in the margins of leisure and security provided by a workable relationship with the natural world. That margin won’t exist, at least not for long, this side of 350. That’s the limit we face.”

CONDUCT YOUR OWN REALITY CHECK

Below are links to some major resources and articles on climate change since 2001. A few exist on environmental or .edu sites, but most are articles in the mainstream media referencing scientific studies or reports. Many are from The Guardian or other major newspapers in the UK, where climate change issues have received far more coverage than in the US.

CLIMATE CHANGE IN HAWAI’I AND THE PACIFIC – RESOURCES

GENERAL RESOURCES ON CLIMATE CHANGE ISSUES

STUDIES AND ARTICLES ON CLIMATE CHANGE OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS

CLIMATE CHANGE 2017

CLIMATE CHANGE 2016

CLIMATE CHANGE 2015

CLIMATE CHANGE 2014

CLIMATE CHANGE 2013

CLIMATE CHANGE 2012

CLIMATE CHANGE 2011

CLIMATE CHANGE 2010

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CLIMATE CHANGE 2003

CLIMATE CHANGE 2002

CLIMATE CHANGE 2001

THE LAST LINK — BUT ONLY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE READ THESE ARTICLES FIRST