an atmosphere. Eric Steig and colleagues show that Antarctica is warming. =>Government, Speculation over catastrophic climate change following a nuclear war, or a dinosaur-killing asteroid strike, promote realization of the atmosphere's fragility. As of 2019, only around $3 billion has been contributed. At a pivotal climate meeting held in Exeter, UK, scientists warn that the west Antarctic ice sheet is starting to collapse. 2008: The polar bear is listed on the US endangered species act, because of the risk to its habitat from climate change. The IPCC, the group established by the U.N. to investigate climate change, releases a major report confirming that climate change is occurring now, mostly as a result of human activities. could be a variable star =>Solar variation — =>CO2 greenhouse — of Venus far above the boiling point of water. 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First meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee takes place. went up and down together through past ice ages, pointing to powerful =>Public opinion, Budyko and Sellers present models of catastrophic ice-albedo feedbacks. In November, the IPCC states that current warming “is unlikely to be entirely natural in origin” and that “the balance of evidence suggests a discernible human influence on global climate”. Second IPCC report detects "signature" of human-caused US regional governments and corporations. Meanwhile, the US government says it will not ratify the agreement unless it sees evidence of “meaningful participation” in reducing emissions from developing countries. Before the 1950s there were practically no global warming studies China overtakes the United States as the world’s biggest emitter of CO2. following decade.) International Global Atmospheric Research Program established, mainly =>Public opinion. 2006: The Stern Report, commissioned by the UK government, argues that the costs of coping with climate change will be greater than the costs of preventing it. set by small orbital shifts, suggesting that the climate system is sensitive World War II. The first Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report published in 1990. Scientific opinion tends to converge on global warming, not cooling, as =>Impacts =>Public opinion. feedbacks. since the end of the last ice age, is "very likely," with highly damaging future impacts =>Impacts and possible severe April 2008: Negotiators from 180 countries are attempting to draft a plan against global warming. Scientists are uncertain if it is a blip or a new, more ominous trend. But the protocol’s complicated rules require ratification by nations responsible for 55% of industrialised country emissions, before it can come into force. warming the atmosphere of Mars, plus indications of a radically different =>Public opinion, US National Academy of Sciences report finds it highly credible that Researchers find collapse of West Antarctic ice sheet may be irreversible, bringing meters of sea-level rise over future centuries. Negotiations begin after the UN General Assembly in December. 1800-1870 absorption of carbon dioxide, etc.) NASA developed the technology and funded the science. =>Rapid change, 1992 The Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) launched in 1995. IPCC Factsheet: Timeline – highlights of IPCC history 1988 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) establish the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.-The United Nations General Assembly endorses the action of UNEP and the WMO in setting up the IPCC. provides information useful for setting =>International, Excerpts from stolen e-mails of climate scientists fuel public skepticism. News media coverage of global warming leaps upward following record heat Fertilizers and other chemicals, electricity, =>Solar variation, 1977 up greenhouse gas emission, while better agriculture and sanitation speed 1824 =>World due to pollution, has retarded arrival of greenhouse warming, but dimming Awareness of climate change as an issue facing mankind, and action to address it, are relatively recent phenomena. help provoke Ewing-Donn model of ice ages =>Simple models — 1995: The hottest year recorded to date. except US. will have a significant effect on the radiation balance. Scientists working at Humble Oil (now ExxonMobil) publish a paper on the dilution of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and ocean. agreements to restrict emissions.=> International, Antarctic ice cores show that CO2 and temperature 1955 Phillips produces a convincing computer model of the global atmosphere. 2005 is the second warmest year on record. detecting carbon from fossil fuels in the atmosphere, and for measuring Phillips produces a convincing computer model of the global atmosphere. =>International, Bonn meeting, with participation of most countries but not US, develops and related industrial and military applications,improves knowledge of 1998: Follow-up negotiations in Buenos Aires fail to resolve disputes over the Kyoto “rule book”, but agree on a deadline for resolution by the end of 2000. 2009: Governments, including the US, prepare to negotiate a successor to the Kyoto Protocol at a conference in December. relatively stable modes in the space of a thousand years or so, especially societies. =>International. year on record. of a century in the distant past. 1920-1925 =>International, National Academy panel sees a "paradigm shift" in scientific Greenland ice cores reveal drastic temperature oscillations in the space This phrase included climate change as well as changes in land use, ocean productivity and pollution. The conference also reports that gases other than CO2, such as methane, ozone, CFCs and nitrous oxide, also contribute to warming. =>Public opinion, 1990 energy. The search for the origin of life: From panspermia to primordial soup. =>Public opinion, Creation of US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the world's =>CO2 greenhouse, 1958 =>CO2 greenhouse The level of large quantities of methane =>Other gases. The Green Climate Fund, a $100 billion fund to assist developing countries in mitigating and adapting to climate change, is also established. movement to power. Reports from US National Academy of Sciences and Environmental Protection From the Earth Summit to the Paris Agreement, discover the most important events in the history of climate change negotiations in chronological order. IBM Personal Computer introduced. Watch a robot squid propel itself through water with rhythm. On 18 November, the Russian parliament ratifies the protocol, paving the way for it to come into force in 2005. 1863: Irish scientist John Tyndall publishes a paper describing how water vapour can be a greenhouse gas. climate in the past.=>Venus & Mars, 1972 Tyndall demonstrates that some gases block infrared radiation, and notes After 1988 it is difficult to identify historical milestones. the climate, raising confidence in models that incorporate aerosols and show future greenhouse warming. Cold War concerns support 1957-58 But in November, crunch talks held in The Hague to finalise the “Kyoto rule book” fail to reach agreement after EU and US fall out. =>Other gases, Manabe and collaborators produce complex but plausible computer models 1950s: is 315 ppm. Political conservatism is linked to skepticism about =>Simple models, Plass calculates that adding CO2 to the atmosphere The yellow-to-red regions indicate higher concentrations of CO2, while blue-to-green areas indicate lower concentrations, measured in parts per million. Industrialised nations agree on the need to negotiate real cuts in their emissions, to be concluded by the end of 1997. 2000: IPCC scientists re-assess likely future emissions and warn that, if things go badly, the world could warm by 6°C within a century. climate. First IPCC report says world has been warming and future warming seems 1914-1918 World War I; governments learn to mobilize and control Climate scientists (although not the public) recognize that even if all greenhouse gas emissions could be halted immediately, global warming will continue for millennia. formation, soil moisture, etc.) =>International, Reports of the breaking up of Antarctic ice shelves and other signs of Arrhenius publishes first calculation of global warming from human emissions summary history, list , published 16 May 2009, Review: Stephen Jay Gould and the Politics of Evolution, unusually strong North Atlantic Oscillation, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, first full meeting of the Climate Change Convention, second meeting of the Climate Change Convention, establishing carbon sinks such as forests, Australia joins the US in reneging on the deal, climate change at least doubled the risk of the heatwave happening, links the 2003 heatwave to global warming, Australian lungfish has largest genome of any animal sequenced so far, Covid-19 news: UK hospitals ‘like a war zone’ as deaths hit new record, People in Scotland to be asked about reintroducing lynx to the country, Quantum internet signals beamed between drones a kilometre apart, Dinosaur found in Argentina may be largest land animal ever. 2007 =>Government, Aerosols from human activity are shown to be increasing swiftly. Finally, a detailed description is given of climate change over many different timescales, ranging from a typical human life span to all of geologic time. 1970s: summary history.) Paris Agreement: nearly all nations pledge to set their own targets for greenhouse gas cuts and to report their progress. were generally undertaken with an awareness of potential connections. =>International, Manabe and Wetherald make a convincing calculation US agencies, including NASA, are accused of trying to censor climate experts. The precise rules are left for further negotiations. Nuclear physicists and chemists develop Carbon-14 analysis, useful for a serious contribution to the greenhouse effect. crucial parameters in global computer models =>Models (GCMs) — Studies Climate FAQ, Katharine Hayhoe xkcd.com is best viewed with Netscape Navigator 4.0 or below on a Pentium 3±1 emulated in Javascript on an Apple IIGS at a screen resolution of 1024x1. Callendar argues that CO2 greenhouse global warming 1998 is the hottest year in the hottest decade of the hottest century of the millennium. Ewing and Donn offer a feedback model for abrupt climate change. seabeds =>Other gases — =>International, Study of ancient climates reveals climate sensitivity to CO2 in same range as Greenland ice cores suggest that great climate changes (at least He appoints Nobel laureate winner and renewables expert Steve Chu as energy secretary. =>sea rise, ice, floods International Geophysical Year, bringing new funding and coordination Sign up to read our regular email newsletters. =>Impacts, 2013 TV documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle alleges that climate science is deeply flawed – the programme is later found to have misrepresented the science and interviewed researchers complain to the British watchdog for broadcasting standards, Ofcom. A straightforward explanation of Climate Change: the heat from human emissions is roughly equal to exploding 400,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs every day. This article appeared in print under the title: reduce greenhouse gas emissions if enough nations sign onto a treaty (rejected by US Senate in advance). Ice cores and other evidence show big climate shifts in the past between warming seems inevitable, calls on governments to consider international can bring swift and radical climate change. and public health further accelerate growth. 2002: Parliaments in the European Union, Japan and others ratify Kyoto. Improvements in infrared instrumentation (mainly for industrial processes) Researchers link warming to a record US hurricane season, accelerated melting of Arctic sea ice and Siberian permafrost. Cuban Missile Crisis, peak of the Cold War. The 1980s turn out to be the hottest decade on record, with seven of the eight warmest years recorded up to 1990. Criticism that satellite measurements show no warming are dismissed Miller (eds.)]. with threat of warming, but oil lobby convinces US administration to deny Some of the most extreme scenarios are left out of the report, leading to accusations that it has been watered down. oil fields. =>International, 1989 1985: First major international conference on the greenhouse effect at Villach, Austria, warns that greenhouse gases will “in the first half of the next century, cause a rise of global mean temperature which is greater than any in man’s history.” This could cause sea levels to rise by up to one metre, researchers say. the history of climate change science. =>Chaos theory, 1966 Election of Reagan brings backlash against environmental Keeling soon finds a regular year-on-year rise. Ramanathan and collaborators announce that global warming may come Following is a timeline ahead of the November 29-December 10 meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Cancun, Mexico. Global temperatures are … =>Models (GCMs), 1993 Researchers later conclude that climate change at least doubled the risk of the heatwave happening. around 11,000 years ago. =>Public opinion, 1975 =>Public opinion. 1970s: Series of studies by the US Department of Energy increases concerns about future global warming. Decisions postponed until at least May 2001. This study shows how much more there is to learn about climate change and its effect that will still merely be bubbling under the surface by 2100. gases.=> Other gases, Villach Conference declares consensus among experts that some global =>CO2, Broecker speculates that a reorganization of North Atlantic Ocean circulation of trace gases in the stratosphere and discovery of danger to ozone layer. greenhouse effect warming, declares that serious warming is likely in Its report predicts that, under a “business as usual” scenario, global temperatures by the year 2100 will have risen by between 1°C and 3.5°C. the rate of ocean turnover =>CO2 greenhouse — Development of digital computers Mitchell reports downturn of global temperatures since the early 1940s.=>Modern temp's. =>Modern temp's, Qualms about arbitrariness in computer models diminish as teams model Al Gore and the IPCC are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, while a UK judge criticises An Inconvenient Truth for containing nine “factual inaccuracies“. Cooling from aerosols suspected to be as likely as warming; some journalists talk of a new ice age but scientists doubt all theories, call for more research. Both scientists realise that the burning of fossil fuels could lead to global warming, but neither suspects the process might already have begun. Oil embargo and price rise bring first "energy crisis". At the annual UN climate summit held in December in Bali, government representatives from around the world agree a timetable to establish a post-2012 replacement for the Kyoto protocol. =>Public opinion, Toronto conference calls for strict, specific limits on greenhouse gas But the Earth science program that it established was modeled on NASA’s space and planetary science programs, not the old Applications program. =>Other gases, 1879 =>Aerosols, 2003 =>Public opinion, 1978 in tens of thousands of years. concern about global degradation. Boulder, Colorado meeting on causes of climate change: Lorenz and others Al Gore’s climate change film An Inconvenient Truth becomes a box-office hit. =>Models (GCMs), World Climate Research Programme launched to coordinate international damage they will cause. makes it possible to model weather processes =>Models (GCMs) — Geological studies of polar wandering =>Models (GCMs) 1956 Ewing and Donn offer a feedback model for abrupt climate change. of ancient reversals of the Earth's magnetic field, measured in continental from solar influences. to tell politicians and the public that climate science is too uncertain Talks in Bonn in July and Marrakech in November finally conclude the fine print of the protocol. Coal, railroads, and land clearing speed In December, Kyoto signatories agree to discuss emissions targets for the second compliance period beyond 2012, while countries without targets, including the US and China, agree to a “non-binding dialogue” on their future roles in curbing emissions. =>Rapid change, Droughts in Africa, Ukraine, India cause world food crisis, spreading fears about climate change. The marine isotope stages (MIS) are often used to express dating within the Quaternary. 2019 News of disasters (tropical cyclones, wildfires, etc.) acutely sensitive to changes in CO2 level. It sets a more ambitious 2030 emissions reduction target to 60%. problem. Sea levels rose dramatically (and are continuing to do so ), land that was depressed by glaciers began lifting up again , forests and deserts expanded, and the climate gradually became more modern. 1890s to 1940: Average surface air temperatures increase by about 0.25 °C. =>Public opinion, 2004 Mean global temperature (five-year average) is 13.9°C. Studies suggest a possibility of collapse of Antarctic ice sheets, which Events European Climate Law (7 October 2020) Event:: 7 October 2020 (Read more) The European Parliament approves the Climate Law to make the EU and all member states climate neutral by 2050. =>Modern temp's, Milankovitch proposes orbital changes as the cause of ice ages. =>International, Hurricane Katrina and other major tropical storms spur debate over impact Scientific interest in greenhouse effect wanes. rocks and the ocean floor, provide a time-marker for climate changes =>Climate cycles — Agency spark conflict; greenhouse warming becomes a factor in mainstream UNEP organized an internal seminar in January to identify environmental sectors that might be sensitive to climate change. The synthesis report warns of “abrupt and irreversible” climate change. 1939-1945 confirm extraordinary warming trend. Second Industrial Revolution. The United States delegation is publicly booed, then agrees to the pledge at the eleventh hour. =>Models (GCMs), 1999 delinked from energy. Studies find surprisingly strong "global dimming," Carbon dioxide emissions are found to be rising faster than in the 1990s, and new evidence bolsters the iconic “hockey stick” graph. =>Venus & Mars, 1960 First Industrial Revolution. doubling CO2 will bring 1.5-4.5°C global warming. The US Environmental Protection Agency is taken to the Supreme Court over its refusal to regulate CO2 emissions. surprises. as such, and all the important discoveries (the ice ages, the infrared The immune system: can you improve your immune age? "We need to be looking much farther into the future," Moore says. =>The oceans, 1986 Conference in Rio de Janeiro produces UN Framework Convention on Climate recognition of the risk of abrupt (decade-scale) climate change. The vast majority of its timeline, up through the year 1850, is based on mostly Northern Hemisphere temperature approximations. =>Public opinion, 2005 =>Models (GCMs), 1976 US Office of Naval Research begins generous funding of many fields of science, some of which happen to be useful for understanding climate change. Meltdown of reactor at Chernobyl (Soviet Union) cripples plans to replace fossil fuels with nuclear power. =>Radiation math, 1957 Even the coldest years in the 1980s were warmer than the warmest years of the 1880s. that doubling CO2 would raise world temperatures a couple of degrees. 1945 =>Simple models, Nimbus III satellite begins to provide comprehensive global atmospheric =>sea rise, ice, floods, 2008 Level of CO2 in the atmosphere is 415 ppm, the highest in millions of years. =>Public opinion, 1973 fairly realistic models of complex systems like climate =>Models (GCMs) — Nimbus-III In February, climateprediction.net, in conjunction with the BBC’s climate change season, launches its most realistic investigation thus far of projected climate changes in the 21 century. Analysis of automobile and airplane exhaust pollution brings recognition Meanwhile Russia blows hot and cold over Kyoto. =>International, 1896 predicted independently by computer models. =>Aerosols, 2000 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is established. the atmosphere =>Radiation math, and and other satellites, designed chiefly for weather prediction, provide Listed below are some key dates in climate change history. 2708 =>International, 1998 Studies show that CFCs (1975) and also methane and ozone (1976) can make =>Climate cycles, 1967 Fourth IPCC report warns that serious effects of warming have foster worries that human technology can bring world-wide disaster =>Public opinion — The nature of the evidence for climate change is explained, as are the principal mechanisms that have caused climate change throughout the history of Earth. =>International, Ice-core and biology studies confirm living ecosystems give climate in the Earth's atmosphere and detects an annual rise. 2003 also sees a marked acceleration in the rate of accumulation of greenhouse gases. "2100 isn't enough. UN sets up the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to analyse and report on scientific findings. =>Aerosols, 1971 Europe launches its Emissions Trading Scheme, despite criticism of the idea. twice as fast as expected, from rise of methane and other trace greenhouse =>International, 1981 Global warming trend since late 19th century reported. timeline of climate change I n 1896 Svante Arrhenius constructs the first climate model of the influence of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). Following it is a list =>Modern temp's The rise could not be attributed to changes in solar energy. (For a narrative see the Introduction: and US public opinion. feedback by way of methane, which could accelerate global warming. Research on small-scale phenomena in various fields of geophysics (cloud sudden shifts. research. Ahead of the Paris conference on climate change, the EU submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Signatory nations urged to ratify the protocol in their national legislatures in time for it to come into force before the end of 2002. After a four-year pause, global emissions of CO2 resume their steep climb, and scientists warn that most industrialised countries will not meet Rio agreement to stabilise emissions at 1990 levels by the year 2000. 1709: As the Little Ice Age comes to an end, Europe experiences a freakishly cold winter. =>Solar variation, Geologists discover massive extinction event 55 million years ago, associated with tremendous warming caused by increase in greenhouse gases. but that did have a significant influence on climate change studies. Asia. to small perturbations. Borehole data actual current warming in polar regions begin affecting public opinion. =>Models (GCMs), 1956 First Earth Day. which show a temperature rise of a few degrees for doubled CO2. The man who discovered greenhouse gases, Magazine issue is now decreasing. military applications give accurate values of infrared absorption by gases Analysts say that loopholes have pegged agreed cuts in emissions from rich-nation signatories to less than a third of the original Kyoto promise. likely. to climate studies. Level of CO2 in the atmosphere reaches 350 ppm. 1962 Research on military applications of radar and infrared radiation promotes don't fit into any of the other essays: scientific-technical matters that the coming century. renewable energy sources, inhibits nuclear energy growth. politics. =>CO2 greenhouse. =>Impacts, 1965 global data essential for climate modelling =>Models (GCMs). Hollywood blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow bases its plot on an exaggerated climate change scenario. In: Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. =>Government, 1979 =>Simple models, 1859 of rice paddies and other biological and agricultural entities show emission In terms of the oceans, global warming is just getting started at 2100. A study links the 2003 heatwave to global warming. and droughts plus statements by Hansen. 1992: Climate Change Convention, signed by 154 nations in Rio, agrees to prevent “dangerous” warming from greenhouse gases and sets initial target of reducing emissions from industrialised countries to 1990 levels by the year 2000. Change, but US blocks calls for serious action. Telescope studies show a greenhouse effect raises temperature of the atmosphere =>International, Mariner 9 spacecraft finds a great dust storm 1827: French polymath Jean-Baptiste Fourier predicts an atmospheric effect keeping the Earth warmer than it would otherwise be. 1987: Warmest year since records began. and intensified scientific warnings raise concern, especially among younger people, and spur public demonstrations and civil disobedience. 1957: US oceanographer Roger Revelle warns that humanity is conducting a “large-scale geophysical experiment” on the planet by releasing greenhouse gases. dating ancient climate changes =>Carbon dates, for whole. 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