QCR Climate Action Alerts:
On January 30, 2018, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) released her 2017 Greenhouse Gas Progress Report, Ontario’s Climate Act: From Plan to Progress
- “Ontario lacks an adequate scientific basis for forest compliance offsets.”
- “The California Forest Offset Protocol includes no evidence to support its 20% leakage rate.”
- “ECO cannot support the use of forest offset to incent faster logging or changes in species.”
Climate Science Special Report, This report is an authoritative assessment of the science of climate change, with a focus on the United States. It represents the first of two volumes of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, mandated by the Global Change Research Act of 1990.
- human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century
- The magnitude of climate change beyond the next few decades will depend primarily on the amount of greenhouse gases (especially carbon dioxide) emitted globally.
- The global atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration has now passed 400 parts per million (ppm), a level that last occurred about 3 million years ago, when both global average temperature and sea level were significantly higher than today.