We’re thrilled that, as one of his final set of blog posts as a staff writer at the NY Times, Andy Revkin chose to cover our Climate Scoreboard and the perspective of Climate Interactive team member Dr. John Sterman of MIT. His post is below and here.
December 13, 2009, 11:54 am
Tally of CO2 Pledges Misses ‘Safe’ ZoneBy ANDREW C. REVKIN
COPENHAGEN — Once in awhile, it’s useful in the midst of conflicting treaty drafts (all those bracketed targets) and confusing national emissions pledges (choose your baseline year) to see how all this verbiage relates to what the atmosphere will experience in decades to come. When framing questions for people with climate claims, in fact, I often find it useful to assume the position of the atmosphere, asking how they would “convince” the sky that their proposals would have a meaningful impact on human-generated emissions.
These days, this has become a bit easier, as several groups have developed fast-response tools that can assess the climatic significance (or lack thereof) of a new emissions pledge. For the Copenhagen talks, three groups, under the mantle of Climate Interactive, have joined forces and produced a single barometer of progress produced by creating an ensemble of their model results.