Testing the waters: The Climate Messenger launching March 1

This news source has been established with the intention of engaging those interested in climate change and all things nature. 

It is our intention to tread a line of transparency between the chatter in the scientific community and the miasma of misinformation from memes and vines.

The monkey puzzle tree (araucaria araucana) as confusing as the memes and vines of social media

In the global discourses surrounding climate change, the only certainty to be found is in the uncertainty of reports.

Three years ago the International Energy Agency  (IEA) released its report on global energy trends. The  succinct report summarises the core issues around human energy use as we head further into the 21st Century. In particular the IEA highlights the global increase in demand for energy, a trend that shows no sign of slowing as economies expand. Even assuming its predictions surrounding fully industrialized nations are correct (they project Europe’s energy mix will be 50% renewable by 2040, and China’s 30%), the pace of change is unlikely to be quick enough to prevent our year-on year-greenhouse emissions from actually increasing, albeit at a lesser rate.  

For all the discussions we have, climate change is the most important one

The IEA has attracted criticism in the past for underestimating the rate of renewable growth. However, given that in November it was revealed that the UK government is unlikely to be on course to meet their renewable targets  – coupled with political and financial uncertainty in Europe and the far east – more conservative figures seem a reasonable choice to work from.

Climate Messenger intends to carefully explore the link between greenhouse emissions, global temperature and climate patterns without taking anything for granted in the political domain. 

The research in climate circles varies but the CM is here to help

The IEA echos the widely reported scientific consensus that as it is unlikely emissions will do anything but increase – even in optimistic scenarios – the global average temperature will reach the two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels that has been widely said to mark the ‘danger’ threshold.

How much certainty we have over that statistic, what exactly is meant by danger and why two degrees, are issues that we intend to address in detail.

We have received no funding to begin this news source and therefore have no financial biases or ulterior motive other than to present the facts of a natural climate that is changing rapidly.

As we wait to see the real affects of COP 21 – the most important climate change meeting of the 21st century – the Climate Messenger (CM) will be launching on March 1, 2016 as your guide.

London Climate March November 29, 2015 (c.) Climate Messenger

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