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Climate science in real world

What we desperately shut our minds to is once again being pronounced ever more clearly: climate change is here; it is already bringing devastating extreme weather events; it will become worse in the years to come. In late September, part 1 of the fifth assessment report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was released in Stockholm.

Obama’s grand climate plan doesn’t add up

President Obama yesterday gave the most important speech on climate change in his tenure so far. In the words of Al Gore, it was the best “by any president ever”. It is a different matter that all the big cable news operators in the US chose to ignore this speech.

400 not out

While the public and the media in the nation have been distracted by IPL fixing and other scams small and large, a milestone was crossed without much fanfare or even contemplation. The vast majority of newspapers and other media outlets in India made scant mention of the Mauna Loa observatory recording carbon-di-oxide levels in excess of 400ppm for a few days.

Geoengineering, the new kid on the block

Solar radiation management and CO2 removal methods form the core of geoengineering. But these methods are risky and their veracity in arresting climate change is yet to be established