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Climate change has been characterized as an emergency for many years, based on the fear that climate change could become locally or globally dangerous within near- to mid-term time-frames. But while climate change is generating growing alarm, there are many questions about the future of climate change when it comes to thinking of climate change as an emergency?

  • Is there any “safe” level of climate change?
  • Is climate change accelerating?
  • How are extreme events probability distributions changing?
  • What if we’ve under-estimated climate sensitivity?
  • The implications of climate change known unknowns and unknown unknowns
  • What if climate change tipping points start getting triggered?
  • Unacceptable vs. worst-case climate change
  • What is the most likely global temperature outcome?
  • How much localized change is associated with likely average global temperature change?
  • Can we adapt to likely levels of climate change?

These are the kinds of questions the Climate Web, based on 20,000 hours of knowledge curation, can help you explore. This Lite Roadmap organizes some of the resources available to you.

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As a bonus, here are some recent additions to the Climate Web you might find thought-provoking that relate specifically to the topic of this Lite Roadmap. They represent just the smallest sliver of what’s organized in the Climate Web with the goal of facilitating access to your actionable knowledge. Note that links with “$$” sit behind paywalls and we can’t provide direct access. But we are always working to go through those sources to extract key idea and graphics to share under “fair use” rules.

NOTE: Accessing the Climate Web via Roadmap hyperlinks can be a bit disconcerting if you’re not familiar with TheBrain software’s basic functionality, which you can explore via the Basic Navigation link at right. If you do explore some of the links, please remember that Open Access to the Climate Web (via the cloud) is both much slower and less powerful than Premium Access to the Climate Web (which allows you to download the Climate Web to your computer AND take advantage of TheBrain’s superior desktop and mobile softwares).


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The Premium Climate Emergency Roadmap digs much deeper into the topics already flagged at the top of this page, among others. Representing hundreds of hours of research and knowledge curation, the Premium Roadmap links together together explanatory materials, topical headings, individual reports, news stories, videos, and websites, curated topical dashboards for exploring key topics, and even individual ideas and graphics the Climatographers have extracted from a wide range of key sources. The Premium Climate Emergency Roadmap covers topics including:

  • The relationship of climate uncertainty to climate risk
  • The implications of looking at climate change through a risk-adverse lense
  • Risk neutral vs. risk averse climate forecasts
  • “Expected” vs. “potential” levels of climate change
  • How fast could key variables like sea level rise change could change
  • 1.5o C and 2o C scenarios as a climate emergency
  • 3-5o C scenarios as a climate emergency
  • The potential implications of an Inevitable Policy Response

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Climate Chess

Particularly relevant to the topic of climate change as an emergency is the idea of Climate Chess. The entire Climate Web is structured to contribute to the playing of Climate Chess by Team Urgency, and there is no Climate Chess Premium Roadmap per se. But you can explore the metaphor in significant depth at our dedicated Climate Chess Climate Site.

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