Climate Change Compendium

A Cyber Research Resource Compiled by Joseph Reid

January, 1998

The Atlantic Monthly

Climate Change

by William H. Calvin

“Climate change” is popularly understood to mean greenhouse warming, which it is predicted, will cause flooding, severe windstorms, and killer heat waves. But warming could lead, paradoxically, to drastic cooling — a catastrophe that could threaten the survival of civilization.

Jan. 26, 2001


What Drives Societal Collapse?

By Harvey Weiss and Raymond S. Bradley

The archaeological and historical record is replete with evidence for prehistoric, ancient, and premodern societal collapse.


Monday January 29


Stanford Geologists Author A Study on Climate Change

Stanford University geologists Robert Dunbar and Harold Rowe have just published a study on Lake Titicaca in South America that sheds new light on global climate changes over 25,000 years. The study, published in Science magazine on Jan. 26, looks at the history of tropical precipitation in South America and shows how it has seen dramatic changes, with periods of heavy rainfall alternating with dry periods lasting centuries. For the past 4,500 years, however, the lake’s waters have remained high.

Global Warning
By Dawn MacKeen

Researchers found that more than 80 percent of the 500 species studied — including birds, amphibians, mammals, reptiles, plants, mollusks, insects and other invertebrates — are changing in response to rising temperatures. Some birds are migrating up to three weeks earlier now; other animals are migrating outside their natural habitat, edging closer to the poles and living at higher altitudes.

Saturday February 3, 2001

The Guardian

Fears of insurance no-go zones as global warming
claims rise

By Paul Brown

“Climatic changes could trigger worldwide losses totalling many hundreds of billions of dollars a year,” Dr Gerhard Berz, head of research for the largest re-insurance company in the world, Munich Re, told the United Nations’ Environment Programme (Unep) in Nairobi. “The burden of claims resulting from so-called natural catastrophes has already taken on dramatic dimensions.,7369,432870,00.html


US News & World Report

The Weather Turns Wild

By Nancy Shute

No more words. “The debate is over,” says Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security, in Oakland, Calif. “No matter what we do to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, we will not be able to avoid some impacts of climate change.”

The Guardian

Special report: global warming

It seems ironic that on the day the world’s scientists issue a report saying the problem is escalating, the new US president should say he is not sure whether global warming is a reality or a threat.

One of the ironies is that some of the best and most influential scientists who have come to these conclusions are American, yet they have a Texan oil man, President George W. Bush, who is not convinced of their arguments…,7369,426530,00.html

September 1993

The Atlantic Monthly

Can Selfishness Save the Environment?

by Matt Ridley and Bobbi S. Low

Conventional wisdom has it that the way to avert global ecological disaster is to persuade people to change their selfish habits for the common good. A more sensible approach would be to tap a boundless and renewable resource: the human propensity for thinking mainly of short term self-interest

The Atlantic Monthly

A Good Climate for Investment – June 1998

by Ross Gelbspan

It is not news that climate shapes history. What is news is that the warming of our atmosphere has propelled our climate into a new state of instability…

Monday March 12


Go Green for Both Growth And Climate, Expert Says

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Instead of worrying that a world economic slowdown will make it too expensive to curb the emissions that are changing the climate, governments should go green for growth, a top international expert says.

September 16, 2000

The New York Times

OPEC States Want to Be Paid if Pollution Curbs Cut Oil Sales

By Andrew C. Revkin

At the latest round of international talks aimed at shaping a treaty on global warming, delegates from oil- producing countries insisted that any final accord include a commitment to compensate them if efforts to cut emissions of heat-trapping gases resulted in a drop in the use of oil.

The New York Times

Aug. 1, 2000


Surviving the Greenhouse

VANCOUVER, – A revolution is in the works. Here in western Canada and also in remote Iceland; in Stuttgart, Detroit and Tokyo, too, the plot is thickening. The target: the internal combustion engine, the ancient regime of the industrial world. The plot being hatched would change the way the world’s cars and homes are run. And, if you believe that carbon emissions may be warming the planet and playing havoc with its climate, then this is a revolution that may just save the Earth.


Cool and Clean

by Thomas Sancton

Iceland may eliminate use of fossil fuels

If they succeed, they may-by the choice of their fuel technology-show the rest of the planet how to fight global warming.,9171,104769,00.html

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