We are facing an unprecedented global emergency. Life on Earth is in crisis: scientists agree we have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown, and we are in the midst of a mass extinction of our own making.
There have been mass extinctions in the past and there is much that we can learn from those about what is happening now. We also have a huge amount of data that we can use to follow events and to better understand the changes to the Earth system.
There are indicators which help us track the changes to the climate. Services which are monitoring severe weather events like the World Meteorological Organisation also provide an overview of the global impacts of extreme weather events.
The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service displays very recent data for policy makers and businesses to be informed:
“satellite and ground-based observations with forecast models to support businesses, policy makers and scientists dealing with the challenges and opportunities related to the composition of the atmosphere. ”
Parts of the South African Government acknowledge the threat of climate change and have put together resources to help policy makers. Unfortunately the mining and energy complex in South Africa has no intention of slowing down on extraction or coal power generation. There is a response white paper and a climate change bill as well as a “Climate Change Explorer” . There are some very interesting papers available through some of the South African academic institutions as well for example this collection of research from WITS.
Code for Africa have a really interesting project from which show global temperature rise projections
This blog aimed at people in the tech industry adds some very geeky insights and perspectives http://worrydream.com/ClimateChange/
Here is NASA’s page describing the evidence worth reading remember we’re supposed to be under 350 ppm to be sustainable. “Most climate scientists agree the main cause of the current global warming trend is human expansion of the “greenhouse effect”1 — warming that results when the atmosphere traps heat radiating from Earth toward space.”
There are even investor tools which are available for the curious. Don’t trade oxygen for money.
Another interesting way to view the wind patterns on the planet is this page here which displays forecasts by supercomputers updated every three hours and pulling in data from a wide range of sources. https://earth.nullschool.net/
http://flood.firetree.net/ is a tool for visualization of sea level changes around the world.