The Stable Climate Group
We encourage stakeholders, decision-makers, policy-makers, and advocates to work together, carefully finding a common and agreed path through the complex and interwoven technical, economic, political, personal, and ideological impediments to building a comfortable and stable climate.
We recognize the way to do this is to bring excess greenhouse gas emissions to zero very quickly and then work on drawing the atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations down to a level that will minimize the increasingly damaging impacts of global warming.
We currently add about 37 billion tons of CO2 to the atmosphere. Reducing our excess emissions to zero means eliminating all fossil fuel use. The target for CO2 emissions reduction of 37 billion tons per year is comprised of 76% CO2, 16% CH4, 6% N2O, and 2% fluorinated gases. The 76% figure is about 11% agriculture and forestry, while the rest is a combination of fossil fuels for heating and industrial processes, the latter being primarily cement production and smelting.
To return to a moderate and stable climate we also need to remove excess CO2 from the atmosphere sufficient to take us back down to about 280ppm CO2. That means removing about 1 trillion tons of CO2 from the atmosphere. Unfortunately we don't know how to do this just now, but we are working on it.
We encourage urgent development of resilience and adaptation to reduce the effects of increasingly frequent and dangerous heat waves, rising sea levels, flooding coastal cities, loss of freshwater supplies, invading disease vectors, and changing weather patterns all of which are growing concerns.
NASA: The average annual ebb and flow of Carbon Dioxide
Earth’s oceans and land cover are doing us a favor. As people burn fossil fuels and clear forests, only half of the carbon dioxide released stays in the atmosphere, warming and altering Earth’s climate. The other half is removed from the air by the planet’s vegetation ecosystems and oceans.
Terrestrial plants — from towering Douglas firs to moss growing on rocks — take up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere during photosynthesis, processing it into carbon-containing leaves, stems, branches and more.
"The land helps to mitigate something like a quarter of the carbon dioxide emissions," said Jeffrey Masek, chief of the biospheric sciences laboratory at NASA Goddard. "The question is: What will happen in the future? Can we count on this to continue? Or are land processes going to saturate, in which case we’d see our atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration start to increase much more rapidly."
Ocean scientists are facing similar questions about carbon. The ocean water itself absorbs carbon dioxide from fossil fuel emissions. Doing so, however, changes the chemistry of seawater. As surface water in the ocean continues to warm, uptake of carbon dioxide will slow down.
Learn how we inadvertently started global warming and why it's getting away from us. It has something to do with the Industrial Revolution.
There are lots of economically realistic options that we can collectively implement. There is good money to be made in fighting global warming.
Global warming affects everyone and the entire planet, so we need to to include everyone. Global warming affects everyone, so you have a stake in making sure it is brought back under control.
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We need your help. We want to turn ideas into actions. Got an idea? Had some success already? Know people who could get some actions going? Join the discussion so that your ideas are on the site. They will be part of our collective knowledge as we work together to build a stable climate.
Looking for an informed opinion? Read our Blog
Opinions are important, especially informed opinion. What do we know that extends beyond the technical and enters the realm of translating that knowledge into decisions that affect laws, policy, strategies, and actions. We will collect ideas and post them for you to examine and comment on. Got an idea for a blog? Contact us.
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We scan the news feeds for interesting and important news about the climate, its changing nature, and what people are doing about it.
Learn about Who We Are And what we do
The trigger for the formation of our organization was an online discussion. We wondered how to encourage and guide actions to tackle global warming. Collectively we realized that only "wicked problem" methodology could handle this type of problem. As it happened, three of us had experience in the use of wicked problem techniques: Route and Message Mapping, Lean Six Sigma, and Focus Group Analysis. We are scientists and engineers, a volunteer organization we dubbed the Stable Climate Group (SCG) working to find a way to stabilize the climate. SCG is working on integrating these three approaches and encourages your participation on the Forum as well as commenting on the Blog entries to help our developing strategies.