02 February 2014

Code Red's most popular climate posts

Here's the pick of the crop: our most popular posts over the last three years, starting with the most read.

The state of the Australian climate movement as Labor falters and the conservatives gain ascendancy in mid-2012, some harsh realities and ways forward.

Arctic sea-ice melt record more than broken, it’s being smashed
The extraordinary events of the 2012 northern summer and their consequences.

Brightsiding is a bad strategy (5 parts)
Why all “good news” and no “bad news” is a bad climate action and communications strategy?

What would 3 degrees mean?  
The astounding global impacts of 2, 3 and 4 degrees of warming.

Pine Island glacier loss must force another look at sea-level rises 
The most vulnerable glacier in the Antarctic teaches valuable lessons about future rates of ice mass loss.

Big call: Cambridge prof. predicts Arctic summer sea ice “all gone by 2015”
The real possibilities of fast methane clathrate releases in the Arctic, from Prof. Peter Wadhams.

Scientists call for war on climate change, but who on earth is listening 
When it's too late for half measures, the only option is to be really honest.

Dramatic lessons from the Arctic big melt of 2012: It's already dangerous
"Dangerous" climate change is still to come?   Not any more.

Rethinking a "safe climate": have we already gone too far?
The notion that 1.5C of warming is a safe target is out the window, and even 1C looks like an unacceptably high risk.

Connecting the dots between 'Frankenstorm' and global warming
Superstorm Sandy's intensity was driven in part by Arctic warming destabilisation of the Jet Stream.

Is climate change already dangerous? (5 parts)
The aims of international climate negotiations and of the global climate action movement are to "prevent" dangerous climate change. But what do we do if global warming is already dangerous?

The astounding global warming impact on our oceans that will reduce cloud cover and bring tears to your eyes  
Ocean acidification will just not kill significant ocean ecosystems, but add even more to global warming.

4 degrees hotter: an adaptation trap?
There is much discussion about adaptation to 4 degrees of warming, but what if that is a delusion?

Triggering permafrost meltdown is closer than we think
Current levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide are probably sufficient to trigger large-scale permafrost carbon feedbacks and global warming that human effort would be unable to contain. 

Global fossil fuel subsidies in 5 unforgettable graphs
A picture is worth a thousand words. So is a good graph!

Arctic warning: As the system changes, we must adjust our science
When the reality on the grounds exceeds the scientific predictions, it's time to review the science. 

Faustian bargain revisited: study finds zeroed emissions will add 0.25-0.5C of warming as aerosol cooling is lost
Burning fossil fuels also adds sulphates to the atmosphere which have a very short-term cooling effect. What happens when we reduce emissions?

The real climate message is in the shadows. It’s time to shinehttp://www.climatecodered.org/2011/08/real-climate-message-is-in-shadows-its.html
It time to take a critical look at climate change messaging to date, and adopt a human-centred communication that acknowledges the threats, demonstrates agency and inspires empathy. 

Australian coal’s expansion plans make a mockery of government’s carbon tax claims 
Emissions from proposed new Australian coal and gas exports dwarf reductions in emissions proposed by the major political parties

Professor Kevin Anderson - Climate change: Going beyond dangerous
What we need to do to avoid dangerous climate change may be very different from the commonly held view.

Why emissions need to drop off a cliff
The real science of necessary emissions reduction, and the political consequences, are not ones that we will likely hear from any of the major players in the climate policy debate.