29 November 2010
Papers from Oxford's "4Degrees and Beyond" conference are published today in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, and warn that the closer we get to a four-degree rise, the harder it will be to deal with the consequences.
In this special issue leading international scholars explore the likelihood of large climate changes, the potential impacts of these changes, and challenges involved in both avoiding high levels of warming, and in adapting should we fail to do so.
The papers were written by participants in the 4Degrees conference, at the invitation of the editors. The journal was compiled and edited by staff from the School of Geography and the Environment, ECI, Met Office, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and UKCIP.
Download papers: Four degrees and beyond: the potential for a global temperature change of four degrees and its implications by, Mark G. New, Diana M. Liverman, Richard A. Betts, Kevin L. Anderson and Chris C. West.
The following news items reference the papers:
- Climate change will cost a billion people their homes, says report, The Observer, 28/11/10
- The challenges of a world warmed by 2 or 4 degrees, University of Oxford, 29/11/10
- Worst case study: global temp up 4 degrees C by 2060s, Reuters Africa, 29/11/10
- The Empire of Climate, BBC Radio 4, 29/11/10
- Climate change scientists warn of 4C global temperature rise, The Guardian, 29/11/10
- Cancún climate change summit: temperatures could rise 4C by 2060, The Telegraph, Louise Gray, 29/11/10
- Crop failures and drought within our children's lifetimes, The Independent, 29/11/10
- Royal Society paints picture of a world 4 °C warmer, New Scientist, 29/11/10
- Policy makers still leaving climate migrants out in the cold, Reuters AlertNet (UK), Megan Rowling, 29/11/10
- Climate Change: New Report Outlines How Africa Can Adapt, Voice of America, Joe DeCapua, 29/11/10
- Forscher warnen: Vier Grad sind zwei zu viel, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (Germany), 29/11/10
- Vier Grad sind zwei zu viel, Austria Presse Agentur, 29/11/10
- Klimagipfel: Vier Grad sind zwei zu viel, Die Presse (Germany)
- Current emissions risk 'devastating' temperature rise, scientists warn, CNN, Matthew Knight, 29/11/10
- £173bn a year 'will avert huge migration of climate refugees', The Times, p. 19, Ben Webster, 29/11/10
- Earth may be 4C warmer by 2060, scientists warn, i, p. 23, Steve Connor, 29/11/10
- Eco experts' flood fears, The Daily Mirror, p. 14, Unattributed, With comment from Dr Mark New, 29/11/10
- Melted Arctic and a half-metre sea rise: welcome to the world of 2060, The Daily Telegraph, p. 12, Louise Gray, 29/11/10
- Call for war rationing to beat global warming, The Daily Telegraph, p. 12, Louise Gray, 29/11/10
- CRP.1: Steps toward a Package, eco - NGO newsletter, 30/11/10
- Four degrees of hurt. Monday 29 November. BBC News.