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When Should We Take Action on Climate Change?
Sarah Kuck, 7 Apr 09

Here's a graph from the Hadley Center that makes a clear and strong case for taking climate action now. The graph represents the projected results of four emissions reduction models, in a sort of choose-your-own-adventure way.

I like this graph because it makes the case for immediate action so starkly. So wherever you are, if you are working to make your corner of the world a better place, know that your efforts are worth it.

This is our choice for our future and our legacy. Will we choose to act now to save the Holocene?


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Thanks to Joe Romm for bringing this to our attention

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The data may be from the Hadley Centre, but the diagram looks very much like it's from the Guardian -- the distinctive graphic style and fonts are the same.


Posted by: Alisdair on 7 Apr 09

To get a sense of what this really means, take a look at this map from New Scientist:

http://www.newscientist.com/articleimages/mg20126971.700/1-how-to-survive-the-coming-century.html

published in "How to survive the coming century", 25 February 2009 (http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20126971.700-how-to-survive-the-coming-century.html?full=true).

The article also has an interactive map on surviving climate change.


Posted by: Rich on 7 Apr 09

It would always be useful to provide a link to the original. I can't find this graphic at the Hadley Center and I'd love to have a larger version of it. Could you point me to the original? Thanks for the tip.


Posted by: David Crossley on 8 Apr 09

The graph I picked up was from Joe Romm's blog, Climate Progress: http://climateprogress.org/2009/03/22/an-introduction-to-global-warming-impacts-hell-and-high-water/.


Posted by: Sarah on 8 Apr 09

Unfortunately the odds of the 'Action starts in 2010 would appear to have diminished in the current GFC and the fall-out thereof. My fear is that it will be too late - i.e. we will we have gone past too many tipping points - before drastic action is taken.


Posted by: Nicholas Bernhardt on 13 May 09

Unfortunately the odds of the 'Action starts in 2010' scenario would appear to have diminished due to the current GFC and the fall-out thereof. My fear is that it will be too late - i.e. we will we have gone past too many tipping points - before drastic action is taken.


Posted by: Nicholas Bernhardt on 13 May 09

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