Climate Comix: Tidal Wave

[In the lead up to Copenhagen, I'll be translating and reposting highlights from Spanish cartoonist Ramon's series on climate change. You can find the originals in El Pais here.]

This one seemed particularly appropriate after reading a new study on sea level rise reported on in The Times yesterday. Their conclusions point to 1.4m of sea level rise by 2100 if current temperature increases continue un-checked.

From The Times coverage of the Report:

"SCAR, a partnership of 35 of the world’s leading climate research institutions, made the prediction in the report Antarctic Climate Change and Climate. It far exceeds the 0.59 metre rise by the end of the century quoted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007. This was based on a “business as usual” approach by governments that allowed temperatures to rise by 4 degrees. It will underpin the negotiations in Copenhagen.

SCAR scientists said that the IPCC underestimated grossly how much the melting of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets would contribute to total sea-level rises."


2 Responses to "Climate Comix: Tidal Wave"

Lunatrix said... 1 December 2009 at 13:58

Hey! I hadn't seen your new profile picture. "The man who looks to the future"? Hehe.

Ramón is just wonderful, straight to the point. I've always believed comix are great tools to raise awareness (not everyone reads policy reports). It is sad though to see how right he is and how reluctant we are to do something about it.

Where are we headed to?

Alex Aylett said... 1 December 2009 at 14:55

Yeah - I thought it was time to change the old pic. Plus I really like the photographer who took this one for me.

All I can say is: Ramon for President! LOL. Although he's probably better where he is. We need more cartoonists.

I mean, how many articles and boring Op-Eds about climate change can one person really read anyway?


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