Climate Change

This page brings together the shortest, clearest and most authoritative information about our predicament that I can find, and our ways out of it … except that we have left action so late that we will never be able to go back to a pre-1950 climate.

It supersedes an older page on this site called “Climate Change References” which had become embarrassingly out of date. That is a common problem with anything to do with climate, since the science is new and is developing very quickly while the effects of global warming are also new and are (sadly) growing just as quickly. It means that any data or analysis more than ten years old has probably been superseded.

Climate Change: what do we know? How do we know?

NASA: Evidence, causes, effects, consensus and FAQ’s –

Bureau of Meteorology: State of the Climate, 2018 –

Climate Council: global temperature change visualisation –

Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events

James Hansen, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, told us in 2011 that global warming was “loading the climate dice”, making extreme weather events both more common and more extreme. Here are a quick introduction  and a more technical introduction to his work.

Debunking 25 Arguments Against Climate Change (The Logic of Science)

Climate Council: a series of mythbusting articles – – some topical (e.g. bushfires).

The Logic of Science: debunking briefly –

Disinformation campaigns

A good, concise introduction on The Conversation to the ongoing disinformation campaigns on fossil fuels, tobacco, pesticides and more –

Disinformation database on Desmog Blog: look up individuals or organisations –

A classic study which turns up every time this topic is mentioned is Merchants of Doubt by Oreskes and Conway (2010), reviewed by The Ecologist here. My summary of it, with more links, is here.


Drawdown offers a  summary of solutions to the problem of reducing atmospheric CO2, ranked by their potential to help. Each solution reduces greenhouse gases by avoiding emissions and/or by sequestering carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere.

Carbon Brief shows that the Paris target of limiting warming to 1.5C is slipping out of reach.

Eating for the Planet

My own overview at and its follow-up at


It has become increasingly apparent that modern capitalism (aka hyercapitalism, neoliberalism) is incompatible with the health of the living world (including us). The IMF has recently warned of the dangers and business groups are taking action although, as always,more needs to be done.

And remember…

Pett cartoon - what if it's a hoax