Yesterday we learned that the University of Colorado Boulder has decided to terminate its Center for Science and Technology Policy Research. As the Center’s founding director (and currently a faculty affiliate), I can characterize this decision only as baffling.
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For my collection, another misuse of RCPs makes it into scientific literature and then into headlines in major media. More after the jump …
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The figure above provides an update (to 2018) on global decarbonization rates (that is, rate of reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels divided by global GDP, in 2011$ PPP).
- Annual decarbonization 2000-2018 = 1.6%
- Implied by a 50% reduction (from 2000 emissions) by 2030 = 8.4%
- Implied by an 80% reduction (from 2000 emissions) by 2050 = 6.0%
For details on methods and significance, see The Climate Fix (2010).
As I’ve frequently noted, the misuse of RCP8.5 is pervasive. While there are some legitimate uses of high forcing levels in exploratory research, that is not what I am referring to here. Below, an example of RCP8.5 being put to use in a consulting sales pitch, which then finds its way to a Reuters news story about the real world, taking the misuse of RCP8.5-as-BAU into broader circulation. Posted here just so I have it …
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Updated: 25 Feb 2020
This post is simply to collect some notes for my future use. Details after the break …
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Updated: 20 Feb 2020
All my 2020 publications, after the break …
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