MCFly 037- Read All About It

Don’t have space to list all of these below in the paper edition of MCFly, and hyperlinks work better on a blog anyhow…

Defining Dangerous Climate Change- A call for consistency

Prof Kevin Anderson and Dr Alice Bows

The Greenhouse Development Rights project has just released a brief report (only 10 pages) entitled “A 350 ppm Emergency Pathway.
In this paper, for the first time, a precise and up-to-date representative 350 ppm pathway is developed. Like so: The 350 target reflects a scientifically-grounded assessment of what global climate protection really means. But what would it actually take to bring the atmospheric carbon-dioxide (CO2) concentration back to 350 parts per million? This memo provides a quick, up-to-date overview of the issues here – issues significant to any plausible emergency emissions reduction target.
To that end, it focuses on the extremely limited size of the remaining global CO2 budget, and on the emissions pathways that would enable us to keep within it. And, by way of context, it compares 350 to the 2°C temperature target, and offers a very brief glimpse of the challenges that such emergency targets raise on this North / South divided world.
Clive James isn’t a climate change sceptic, he’s a sucker – but this may be the reason

The People Paradox: Self Esteem Striving, Immortality Ideologies, and Human Response to Climate Change by Janis Dickinson, in Ecology and Society 14 (1)

A Great Jump to Disaster? (Review of James Lovelock’s The Vanishing Face of Gaia)
by Tim Flannery in the New York Review of Books

How cities should respond to climate change – new research
Researchers at Newcastle University, on behalf of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, have outlined how our major cities must respond to climate change, if they are to continue to grow. Using the UKCP09 data, the report “How can cities grow whilst reducing emissions and vulnerability”, looks at the impact of: rises in temperature, increased flooding in winter and less water availability in summer. As well as protecting our homes and buildings against the increased threat of flooding, the report emphasises the need to reduce our carbon emissions, reduce our water usage and move towards cleaner, greener transport.
More details are at

A Transition Food Strategy
Having recently help develop ‘A Sustainable Food Strategy for Bristol’, Claire Milne is now helping Edinburgh do the same.


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