Interview on the climate debate: Criticism ignores the facts
Has global warming taken a break? This is the question asked in the new book by the two authors Fritz Vahrenholt and Sebastian Lüning which is causing quite a stir in the public debate on climate change. Prof. Dr. Peter Lemke, Head of Climate Sciences Research Division at the Alfred Wegener Institute and co-author of the IPCC report, and Prof. Dr. Meinhard Schulz-Baldes, Coordinator of the ‘Climate City Bremerhaven’, comment in the interview on the assertions of the climate sceptics and explain why for them the global climate report is the most credible scientific publication in the world. Go to the interview
“An unusually hot summer today will be considered a cold one within 60 years.”
This much is certain: the earth is facing a profound climate change. Its severity, however, is not precisely predictable. What will matter above all, is whether mankind will succeed in significantly reducing greenhouse gas emission in the coming decades. Scientists of the Alfred Wegener Institute are convinced that the international political goal of limiting global warming to a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius must be emphatically pursued. Their hope is a stabilization of carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere at about 450 ppm (parts per million). To achieve this, global carbon dioxide emissions would have to be halved by 2050.
Needless to say, we have to prepare ourselves against dramatic changes. For your information and as a service for journalists, six senior scientists of the Alfred Wegener Institute, in brief interviews (text), give their views on the changing face of the earth.