July 14, 2006

Everything you need to know about global warming.

The climate scientists over at Real Climate give this comprehensive site by Spencer Weart a big thumbs-up. So do I.

Since 2001, scientific advances have confirmed that we are fast approaching one of the most serious challenges our civilization has ever faced. Improved computer models and an abundance of data have strengthened the intergovernmental panel's conclusion that several degrees of warming are likely within this century. The only expert views that have recently been thrown into doubt are beliefs that certain threats were distant. Stronger hurricanes and disintegrating ice sheets, for example, may bring harm sooner than most scientists had expected. In some regions, damage from climate change has already become grievously visible. Worse, there are hints that the warming is beginning to generate further warming, all by itself. The political news is a bit better. A large number of individuals, government units, and corporate entities have realized that there is much they can do, and must do. They have taken the first steps toward effective action.

There's enough info available on Wearts' site to keep you busy for a long time. You can jump in if you go here. Even better, you can download the whole site as a ZIP file and run it on your own computer, or you can order a copy on CD-ROM.

And if you've never checked out Real Climate, I recommend it highly, too.

Posted by Magpie at July 14, 2006 11:19 AM | Environment | Technorati links |