Global Warming Response Strategies

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Prof. Martin E. Walter
Department of Mathematics, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 80309, USA
Email: martin.walter@colorado.edu

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Theme: Global Warming Response Strategies: What is the level of urgency?
In October 2018, the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) of the United Nations issued a report/warning that humans have 12 years in which to address global warming with sufficient magnitude to avoid going from 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius increase in “average” global temperature. They gave estimates of the implications of the “extra” 0.5 degree increase. Elsewhere some scientists are concerned that the arctic may experience a large methane and/or methane-hydrate release as early at 2026, after which runaway warming will seal the fate, first of human civilization, then that of the human race itself. Scientists tell us that we are in the midst of the sixth great extinction, largely caused by humans. Some earth scientists are starting to conclude that four of the past five great extinctions were caused by methane release events.

Global warming has at least two mathematical characteristics which are dangerous from the point of generating human reactions: delayed climate responses and amplified climate feedbacks. Roughly ten percent of the human population generates half of global carbon emissions. Should this fact be incorporated into policies to address global warming? Industrial agriculture takes roughly ten calories of fossil fuel energy to produce one calorie of food. What should be done? There are response strategies that create millions of jobs. We have been told by some for decades that global warming either is not happening, or that humans are not causing it, or that it is too expensive to respond “now”. We are told this today by people of influence (but usually with a conflict of interest). Thus we have fundamental questions. How urgent is it that humans respond to global warming? What should this response look like? What does science and mathematics have to say? What are the scientific and political obstacles? How are people to be informed? When will it be too late?

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
• Extreme weather events
• Weather versus climate
• Sea level
• Greenland
• Antarctica
• Arctic
• Glaciers
• Water cycles
• Carbon cycles
• Energy and society
• Social implications of inaction/action
• Agriculture
• Carbon sequestration
• Carbon emissions
• Carbon sinks
• Forests of the world
• Environmentally forced migration
• Delayed climate response
• Future costs of insufficient social response
• Amplified feedbacks
• Disease vectors
• Droughts
• Floods
• Ocean acidification
• Oxygen generation
• Carbon tax
• Population growth
• Communication strategies
• Political strategies
• Social forces
• Social/economic inequality
•  Responsibility
•  Economic forces
•  Economic futures
•  Clathrate gun
•  Permafrost
•  Methane hydrates
•  Geological time
•  Human time-frames
•  Planetary history
•  Climate history of the planet
•  Geoengineering
•  Technology
•  Disinformation efforts past and present
•  Decision analysis
•  Logic of industrial civilizations
•  Extinction

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 All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed before their acceptance for publication.
The deadline for manuscript submission is 28 February 2019.

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