Recent Weather Events

Well it’s definitely summer – but is it a summer ‘adjusted’ by climate change?┬áThere has been a lot of stories in the news about the vagaries of the jet-stream – and its impacts: wildfires in Greece, Sweden, Saddleworth, California, Portugal and probably more. Record temperatures in Japan, drought in New South Wales.

I have received a small number of emails with links to quite lengthy reports associated with the recent unusual global weather, ways of mobilising a societal response, how the media has covered it and the possible implications for humankind. Because of their length and probable longevity, we are also making them available on our Facebook page.

The oldest (2017) is a rather hypnotic pulsing circular bar graph of global temperature over the last 100 years or so from CityLab here. ‘Hothouse Earth’: You may well have seen this all over the news and in media from the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Three Worlds, a campaign strategy site had this call-to-arms based on that recent report. The media have of course been having a field day, and MediaLens, a rather interesting media analysis site had this perspective.

Finally, this is a link to a rather frightening scenario received from Nikki Jones, a previous speaker on Land Use and Climate Change. It’s called Deep Adaptation Climate Tragedy. I recommend having a stiff drink nearby for afterwards!