Climates Multiple: Three Baselines, Two Tolerances, One Normal

Today, Friday 1 January, 2021, the world’s climate is re-set.  Overnight, the world will “become” about 0.5°C warmer, the UK nearly 0.7°C warmer.  This essay, published at Academia Letters, explains what is happening, and discusses its wider significance. Mike Hulme, updated 31 December, 2020 (link refreshed 12 January 2021).

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

My updated entry on the IPCC has been published (September 2020) in the International Encyclopedia of Geography (from Wiley) Abstract: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was constituted by the United Nations in 1988 to conduct periodic assessments of scientific knowledge pertaining to climate change. To date it has published five full?scale assessment reports, […]

Climate Emergency Politics is Dangerous

Read my latest essay in Issues in Science & Technology, Volume 36, Fall 2019 Issue. Summary: Declarations of emergencies create ‘states of exception,’ often justified by governments under conditions of war, insurrection, or terrorist threat.  Emergencies promise the mass...

Engineering climate debt

My colleague Shin Asayama and I have co-authored this new paper, titled “Engineering climate debt: temperature overshoot and peak-shaving as risky subprime mortgage lending”, which is now available open-access online in the journal Climate Policy. In this paper, we...