Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The worst-case scenario for climate chaos and polar cities

The worst-case scenario

Stephen Schneider

Stephen H. Schneider is professor of interdisciplinary environmental studies and biology, and a senior fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University

Top of pageAbstractStephen Schneider explores what a world with 1,000 parts per million of CO2 in its atmosphere might look like.

Thinking about worst-case scenarios is nothing new — climate scientists have been doing it for more than 20 years. In 1988, after intense heat waves baked the eastern and central United States, Robert Watson, later to chair the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and I briefed Bill Bradley, the Democrat senator for New Jersey, on the risks of disproportionate surprises from rapid, major climate change.

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