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Is a Cost-Free National Climate Service Too Much to Ask?

In its recently released report, the Defense Science Board Task Force on “Trends and Implications of Climate Change for National and International Security,” called for the U.S. government to institute “a scientifically robust, sustained, and actionable climate information system… (see page 14).” The rationale for the recommendation is that currently, climate information is collected by a “loose federation” of government, university, industry and NGO entities, and that U.S. climate “observational and model assets” do not “constitute a robust, sustained, or comprehensive resource for generating actionable climate forecasts.” (more…)

Watch This: CO2 Concentrations Unprecedented in Human History

Andrew Revkin brings attention to NOAA’s new graph detailing the recent rise in atmospheric CO2 concentrations in its historical and pre-historical context (it goes back 800,000 years). This is a case of effective data presentation, to say the least.

In terms of scale and rate of change, civilization has not experienced a shift in CO2 concentrations of this magnitude. We need not even whisper that there may be serious security implications. The science makes the case loud and clear.

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