James Hansen's latest paper, Assessing “Dangerous Climate Change”: Required Reduction of Carbon Emissions to Protect Young People, Future Generations and Nature, argues that the generally agreed aspirational target to limit global warming to 2°C is too high and that it would lead to ‘disastrous consequences.’ Rather he proposes that a 1°C target is the safe limit. Given that … Continue reading 1°C not 2°C is the ‘danger threshold’ – Jim Hansen
Tiger emerging from ashes... See more of his art here: Saatchi Art
"A leader is a dealer in hope" – Napoleon Bonaparte Over the last week or two there has been a definite shift in the 'global mood' on climate. The drum-beat has been reverberating across the globe via social media (and even mainstream media), with a steadily increasing pace. People, institutions who don’t know each other … Continue reading Climate – Global Leadership Emerges
What is an "isotherm?" It is a line which represents an average temperature... as these graphs show... "Isotherms" are important in climate science discussions because... Isotherms are moving... and they are all moving exactly the same way, and that's poleward baby. They are moving at the rate of 100km/decade; or 10km each year. Fast … Continue reading Climate Lingo 1: Isotherms. “We’re moving poleward baby!”
"Follow the Art" posts seek to observe the world of popular culture and the arts to see what our artists are reflecting back to us. This acknowledges the enduring role art has in helping people to 'make sense' of their changing world. One 'recurring' theme I have noticed in art and the public conversation lately … Continue reading Follow the Art (No.2) – George Orwell’s 1984
With the ‘urbanisation’ trend in full swing globally, security and defence professionals are noting that this may mean less time in jungles and deserts, and more time in ‘urban terrain’. There are many implications of this: interface with civic agencies; how to protect the population; types of tactics and so forth. In understanding how to … Continue reading Urban Security Planners – Meet Urban Designers… Take charge of the atmospherics…
Last night I attended an introductory workshop on "Women, Peace and Security" (WPS) run by the UN Women's Canberra office. The 30 minute video: ‘Side by Side’ provides a great introduction to the issues. ‘Side by Side’ refers to the ideal vision that both men and women will work ‘Side by Side’ to solve this and … Continue reading If sexual violence in conflict is a war tactic, let’s work out how to prevent & defeat it.