Climate Change Risk Assessment: Emissions, Heat Waves, Drought, and Cascading Impacts: Chatham House // Mar 17, 2022
I chat in detail about the excellent Chatham House report on Climate Change Risks to our society.
First I talk a bit about what Chatham House is and does. You may have heard about meetings that follow Chatham House rules, which basically mean that all ideas and topics in the meeting can be openly and publicly disseminated, but no person in the meeting can be identified and no idea can be attributed to any person. This protocol ensures that ideas can be openly and truthfully discussed without any political or peer pressure nonsense inhibitions.
I then go over the key summary and conclusions of the report, and talk about the key ideas within, relating to direct climate effects, temperature rises, heat waves and drought and direct impacts on society via food supply disruption and water disruption.
To me, the most interesting and important sections in the report are on the cascading systemic impacts of climate change on society, and the numerous cause and effect flowcharts outlining how climate disruption impacts and multiplies societal disruption in areas of finance, supply chains, armed conflict, resource wars, political instabilities, poverty, nationalism and populism; all very relevant topics two years into a pandemic that many thing is ending, with armed conflict of Russia invading Ukraine and dictator threats of nuclear conflict and chatter about the possibilities of World War III.
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Mapping of Canada’s Beaufort Sea, using a remotely operated underwater vehicle and ship-mounted sonar, revealed the dramatic changes, which the researchers said are taking place as a result of thawing permafrost submerged underneath the seabed.
The changes the scientists observed occurred between 2010 and 2019, during which four mapping surveys had taken place, covering an area of up to 10 square miles (26 square kilometers).’