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The World Economic Forum’s recent report, “Global Agenda Council on Geopolitical Risk” highlights one of the major developments in global governance – the rise of regional institutions – and calls for a better integration of these regional groupings into our current system of global governance. This is an important objective for a whole host of issues, but is especially critical for addressing the threat of climate change. (more…)
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.
Geologists categorize the last geologic epoch of the Earth’s history, beginning around 12,000 years ago with the end of the last Ice Age, as the “Holocene.” A key characteristic of this epoch has been a relatively stable climate. All of human civilization evolved during this epoch. For thousands of years throughout the Holocene humans migrated, sought and grew food, fought wars, constructed and demolished empires, developed technologies. (more…)