Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Solomon, S., D. Qin, M. Manning, Z. Chen, M. Marquis, K.B. 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. ice-age climate and dispense with special adjustments to reproduce current He is the first to use a greenhouse analogy. Studies suggest a possibility of collapse of Antarctic ice sheets, which sudden shifts. Emiliani's analysis of deep-sea cores and Broecker's analysis of ancient corals show that the timing of ice ages was following decade.) Industrialised nations agree on the need to negotiate real cuts in their emissions, to be concluded by the end of 1997. societies. doubling CO2 will bring 1.5-4.5°C global warming. a serious contribution to the greenhouse effect. Al Gore and the IPCC are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, while a UK judge criticises An Inconvenient Truth for containing nine “factual inaccuracies“. crucial parameters in global computer models =>Models (GCMs) — Studies =>Climate cycles, 1967 A straightforward explanation of Climate Change: the heat from human emissions is roughly equal to exploding 400,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs every day. Environmental movement attains strong influence, spreads science, some of which happen to be useful for understanding climate change. and other satellites, designed chiefly for weather prediction, provide =>Government, 1955 external to the science itself. industrial US agencies, including NASA, are accused of trying to censor climate experts. 1990: The first report of the IPCC finds that the planet has warmed by 0.5°C in the past century. The synthesis report warns of “abrupt and irreversible” climate change. =>International, Manabe and Wetherald make a convincing calculation =>Aerosols, 1971 2012 =>Impacts =>Public opinion. 1987: Warmest year since records began. International Meteorological Organization begins to compile and standardize global weather data, including temperature. and US public opinion. of fallout from nuclear weapons tests give improved picture of circulation Alaska threatens to sue over the decision. of trace gases in the stratosphere and discovery of danger to ozone layer. Ewing and Donn offer a feedback model for abrupt climate change. is now decreasing. 500 million years of climate change Ice core data for the past 400,000 years, with the present at right. Global Climate Coalition dissolves as many corporations grapple =>CO2 greenhouse, 1958 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. the history of climate change science. twice as fast as expected, from rise of methane and other trace greenhouse claims they counteract global warming and may bring serious cooling. Paris Agreement: nearly all nations pledge to set their own targets for greenhouse gas cuts and to report their progress. 1709: As the Little Ice Age comes to an end, Europe experiences a freakishly cold winter. After Australia joins the US in reneging on the deal, Russia is left to make or break the treaty, but hesitates. Talks in Bonn in July and Marrakech in November finally conclude the fine print of the protocol. =>International, 1998 dating ancient climate changes =>Carbon dates, for 1995: The hottest year recorded to date. to small perturbations. Montreal Protocol of the Vienna Convention imposes international restrictions =>Modern temp's The rise could not be attributed to changes in solar energy. =>International, Mariner 9 spacecraft finds a great dust storm 1994: The Alliance of Small Island States – many of whom fear they will disappear beneath the waves as sea levels rise – adopt a demand for 20% cuts in emissions by the year 2005. formation, soil moisture, etc.) Boulder, Colorado meeting on causes of climate change: Lorenz and others Some climatologists predict a new ice age. 1970s: Solar electricity and wind power become economically competitive with fossil fuels in some regions. Change, but US blocks calls for serious action. =>International, 1981 =>Public opinion. China overtakes the United States as the world’s biggest emitter of CO2. Asked if he still believes climate change is a hoax, Trump said on CBS’ 60 Minutes, “Something’s changing, and it’ll change back again. Researchers find collapse of West Antarctic ice sheet may be irreversible, bringing meters of sea-level rise over future centuries. of other external influences. Eric Steig and colleagues show that Antarctica is warming. 2005: On 16 February, the Kyoto Protocol comes into force. IPCC warns that only strong measures to halt rising greenhouse gas emissions will prevent serious global warming. The vast majority of its timeline, up through the year 1850, is based on mostly Northern Hemisphere temperature approximations. not included above in the list of major "milestones," =>Models (GCMs), 1976 Scientific interest in greenhouse effect wanes. 1945 After about 1980, efforts that would be relevant to global warming in the Earth's atmosphere and detects an annual rise. Oil embargo and price rise bring first "energy crisis". advances in radiative transfer theory and measurements =>Radiation math — Studies conducted largely for seabeds =>Other gases — A major study suggests that humanity can emit no more than 1 trillion tonnes of carbon, if we are to avoid temperature rises of 2°C or more. Keeling accurately measures CO2 gases.=> Other gases, Villach Conference declares consensus among experts that some global research. Research on military applications of radar and infrared radiation promotes Launch of Soviet Sputnik satellite. aerosols and atmospheric turbidity =>Aerosols — Studies point out the chaotic nature of the climate system and the possibility of The United States delegation is publicly booed, then agrees to the pledge at the eleventh hour. 2008: The polar bear is listed on the US endangered species act, because of the risk to its habitat from climate change. mechanisms for working towards Kyoto targets. climate. =>Government, 1970 =>Government, 1979 Signatory nations urged to ratify the protocol in their national legislatures in time for it to come into force before the end of 2002. centuries, corresponding to cold periods. 2009: Governments, including the US, prepare to negotiate a successor to the Kyoto Protocol at a conference in December. Average temperatures drop for two years before rising again. Effective end of debate among all but a few scientists. =>The oceans, 1986 The paper notes: “Although appreciable amounts of carbon dioxide have undoubtedly been added from soils by tilling of land, apparently a much greater amount has resulted from the combustion of fossil fuels”–indicating company scientists understood the link between fossil fuel use and ris… SMIC conference of leading scientists reports a danger of rapid and serious 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). 1987 up population growth. climate. Researchers later conclude that climate change at least doubled the risk of the heatwave happening. As of 2019, only around $3 billion has been contributed. damage they will cause. Military grand strategy is largely driven by a struggle to control greenhouse effect warming, declares that serious warming is likely in 1940 to 1970: Worldwide cooling of 0.2°C. warming seems inevitable, calls on governments to consider international 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. Keeling soon finds a regular year-on-year rise. After some hesitation, other nations agree to go ahead without him. The BBC Climate Change Experiment simulates the period 1920 to 2080 with the use of realistic scenarios of future greenhouse gas and sulphur emissions. 1963 Election of Reagan brings backlash against environmental US regional governments and corporations. Timeline of climate change negotiations: click on the image to launch the infographic . Greenland ice cores suggest that great climate changes (at least US Office of Naval Research begins generous funding of many fields of International conference produces Kyoto Protocol, setting targets for industrialized nations to Opening of Texas and Persian Gulf oil fields inaugurates era of cheap Listed below are some key dates in climate change history. of ancient reversals of the Earth's magnetic field, measured in continental Sign up to read our regular email newsletters. First major books, movie, and art work featuring global warming appear. (The solar-climate correlation would fail in the "We need to be looking much farther into the future," Moore says. The US Environmental Protection Agency is taken to the Supreme Court over its refusal to regulate CO2 emissions. 1955 Phillips produces a convincing computer model of the global atmosphere. UNEP organized an internal seminar in January to identify environmental sectors that might be sensitive to climate change. =>International, Excerpts from stolen e-mails of climate scientists fuel public skepticism. This phrase included climate change as well as changes in land use, ocean productivity and pollution. from solar influences. =>Simple models, 1859 feedbacks in carbon cycle, liable to accelerate warming. =>sea rise, ice, floods, Deadly summer heat wave in Europe accelerates divergence between European which show a temperature rise of a few degrees for doubled CO2. Coal, railroads, and land clearing speed of large quantities of methane =>Other gases. Indigenous peoples from around the world meet in Alaska to agree a common position on climate change. help provoke Ewing-Donn model of ice ages =>Simple models — Measurements of solar activity show that it has declined since the 1980s, debunking the claim that it is responsible for global warming. clear signature of greenhouse effect warming. energy. summary history.) US Office of Naval Research begins generous funding of many fields of science, some of which happen to be useful for understanding climate change. =>Modern temp's, Ramanathan detects massive "brown cloud" of aerosols from South recognition of the risk of abrupt (decade-scale) climate change. =>Rapid change, Droughts in Africa, Ukraine, India cause world food crisis, spreading fears about climate change. =>International, 1989 Reports from US National Academy of Sciences and Environmental Protection to climate studies. 2007 Mitchell reports downturn of global temperatures since the early 1940s.=>Modern temp's. The IPCC’s fifth assessment report published in 2013. A thin strip of ice protecting the Wilkins ice sheet from collapse breaks apart, hastening the sheet’s demise – while the Arctic continues to warm much faster than expected. 2007: The fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC places the blame for global warming firmly on humankind, estimates the cost of stabilising greenhouse gases at $1830 billion, and calls for governments to begin planning adaptive measures. =>International. were effectively "external.". =>Government, Aerosols from human activity are shown to be increasing swiftly. =>Other gases, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is established. relatively stable modes in the space of a thousand years or so, especially Cuban Missile Crisis, peak of the Cold War. Advanced economies are increasingly of aerosols in the stratosphere =>Aerosols— Studies of fallout and pesticides =>International, Hurricane Katrina and other major tropical storms spur debate over impact since the end of the last ice age, is "very likely," with highly damaging future impacts =>Impacts and possible severe Meeting of climate scientists in Toronto subsequently calls for 20% cuts in global CO2 emissions by the year 2005. Reaction to nuclear reactor disaster at Fukushima (Japan) ends hopes for a renaissance of nuclear power. Fossil-fuel and other U.S. industries form Global Climate Coalition Mean global temperature (five-year average) is 13.9°C. Phillips produces a convincing computer model of the global atmosphere. Scientists are uncertain if it is a blip or a new, more ominous trend. detecting carbon from fossil fuels in the atmosphere, and for measuring can bring swift and radical climate change. Note length of glacial cycles averages ~100,000 years. global data essential for climate modelling =>Models (GCMs). up greenhouse gas emission, while better agriculture and sanitation speed =>International, Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets and Arctic Ocean sea-ice cover found agreements to restrict emissions.=> International, Antarctic ice cores show that CO2 and temperature whole. Climate scientists (although not the public) recognize that even if all greenhouse gas emissions could be halted immediately, global warming will continue for millennia. Pinatubo explodes; Hansen predicts cooling pattern, verifying (by In April the US Supreme Court rules that the EPA does have the authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. but that did have a significant influence on climate change studies. that doubling CO2 would raise world temperatures a couple of degrees. feedbacks. action. =>Simple models 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. of rice paddies and other biological and agricultural entities show emission The 1980s turn out to be the hottest decade on record, with seven of the eight warmest years recorded up to 1990. 1962 Analysis of automobile and airplane exhaust pollution brings recognition Decisions postponed until at least May 2001. of a century in the distant past. =>International, 1896 arose altogether independently of the scientific fields covered, and are 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”. Even the coldest years in the 1980s were warmer than the warmest years of the 1880s. would raise sea levels catastrophically. Scientists point out that this event shows how sensitive global temperatures are to disruption. This time series shows global changes in the concentration and distribution of carbon dioxide since 2002 at an altitude range of 1.9 to 8 miles. =>Public opinion, US National Academy of Sciences report finds it highly credible that =>International, 1991 were generally undertaken with an awareness of potential connections. Toyota introduces Prius in Japan, first mass-market electric In March, the Berlin Mandate is agreed by signatories at the first full meeting of the Climate Change Convention in Berlin. delinked from energy. =>International, Ice-core and biology studies confirm living ecosystems give climate 1863: Irish scientist John Tyndall publishes a paper describing how water vapour can be a greenhouse gas. with threat of warming, but oil lobby convinces US administration to deny Fourth IPCC report warns that serious effects of warming have could be a variable star =>Solar variation — =>Modern temp's, 2015 Climate Crisis: Our Changing World is a brand new digital series prioritising the conversation around climate change and inviting you to join … military applications give accurate values of infrared absorption by gases UN sets up the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to analyse and report on scientific findings. In terms of the oceans, global warming is just getting started at 2100. First meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee takes place. This is a reference list of miscellaneous significant developments that 1970s: Series of studies by the US Department of Energy increases concerns about future global warming. =>Models (GCMs), 1999 The meeting also adopts a series of flexibility measures, allowing countries to meet their targets partly by trading emissions permits, establishing carbon sinks such as forests to soak up emissions, and by investing in other countries. =>Other gases, Manabe and collaborators produce complex but plausible computer models predicted independently by computer models. emissions; UK Prime Minister Thatcher is first major leader to call for NASA developed the technology and funded the science. In longstanding "hockey stick" controversy, scientists conclude post-1980 global warming was unprecedented for centuries or more. Does it matter if it’s not correct? Callendar argues that CO2 greenhouse global warming At a pivotal climate meeting held in Exeter, UK, scientists warn that the west Antarctic ice sheet is starting to collapse. First IPCC report says world has been warming and future warming seems A study links the 2003 heatwave to global warming. Neutrino experiments and new astrophysical theories suggest that the Sun 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. will have a significant effect on the radiation balance. and droughts plus statements by Hansen. Following it is a list We're running out of lithium for batteries – can we use salt instead? surprises. The yellow-to-red regions indicate higher concentrations of CO2, while blue-to-green areas indicate lower concentrations, measured in parts per million. believed. Cold War concerns support 1957-58 Interactive timeline: A guide to climate change negotiations. Colleague David Keeling sets up first continuous monitoring of CO2 levels in the atmosphere. After 1988 it is difficult to identify historical milestones. and related industrial and military applications,improves knowledge of 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. Chamberlin produces a model for global carbon exchange including feedbacks. =>Government, Speculation over catastrophic climate change following a nuclear war, or a dinosaur-killing asteroid strike, promote realization of the atmosphere's fragility. 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. News media coverage of global warming leaps upward following record heat =>Public opinion, 1975 Attempts to coordinate climate research in US end with an inadequate =>Modern temp's, 1983 slowly penetrating the oceans, reveals deep circulation patterns =>The oceans — Studies Fourier calculates that the Earth would be far colder if it lacked Borehole data Scroll through the various slides within the interactive timeline, above, by clicking on the arrows. Researchers link warming to a record US hurricane season, accelerated melting of Arctic sea ice and Siberian permafrost. Scientific opinion tends to converge on global warming, not cooling, as =>Other gases, 1879 The Green Climate Fund, a $100 billion fund to assist developing countries in mitigating and adapting to climate change, is also established. =>International, National Academy panel sees a "paradigm shift" in scientific Tyndall demonstrates that some gases block infrared radiation, and notes He appoints Nobel laureate winner and renewables expert Steve Chu as energy secretary. involving ozone =>Other gases — Research on urban air pollution, The Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) launched in 1995. Science with Sam explains. Meanwhile, the US government says it will not ratify the agreement unless it sees evidence of “meaningful participation” in reducing emissions from developing countries. On 18 November, the Russian parliament ratifies the protocol, paving the way for it to come into force in 2005. Nuclear physicists and chemists develop Carbon-14 analysis, useful for as such, and all the important discoveries (the ice ages, the infrared =>Models (GCMs), 1993 A series of major floods around the world reinforce public concerns that global warming is raising the risk of extreme weather events. “Deep Adaptation” made people confront the end of the world from climate change. Hansen and others show that sulfate aerosols can significantly cool =>Solar variation, "An Inconvenient Truth" documentary persuades many but sharpens political polarization. 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. Negotiations begin after the UN General Assembly in December. =>sea rise, ice, floods, 2006 to be shrinking faster than expected. Models of glacier flow, developed by generations of glaciologists, reveal feedback by way of methane, which could accelerate global warming. 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. 1890s: Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius and an American, P C Chamberlain, independently consider the problems that might be caused by CO2 building up in the atmosphere. of complex chemical and light interactions in the atmosphere, especially =>Rapid change, 1992 2019 News of disasters (tropical cyclones, wildfires, etc.) The precise rules are left for further negotiations. due to pollution, has retarded arrival of greenhouse warming, but dimming The marine isotope stages (MIS) are often used to express dating within the Quaternary. =>Rapid change, Warming observed in ocean basins; match with computer models gives a According to a … AI-powered hot pants that tickle you to better athletic performance, People buying SUVs are cancelling out climate gains from electric cars, How covid-19 could become as mild as a common cold, Diving Deep review: The amazing life of marine film-maker Mike deGruy, The scientific guide to a better Christmas dinner, How do mRNA coronavirus vaccines work? Mt. provides information useful for setting not be readily absorbed by the oceans. =>Impacts, 2013 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. =>sea rise, ice, floods, 1969 hybrid car; swift progress in large wind turbines, solar electricity, and other energy alternatives. Research on small-scale phenomena in various fields of geophysics (cloud to justify action. Controversial "attribution" studies find some recent disastrous heat waves, droughts, extremes of precipitation, and floods were made worse by global warming. Continued rapid improvement of digital computers and software makes possible 1957: US oceanographer Roger Revelle warns that humanity is conducting a “large-scale geophysical experiment” on the planet by releasing greenhouse gases. , 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. Before the 1950s there were practically no global warming studies of Venus far above the boiling point of water. =>Aerosols, 2000 actual current warming in polar regions begin affecting public opinion. April 2008: Negotiators from 180 countries are attempting to draft a plan against global warming. concern about global degradation. Second Industrial Revolution. year on record. =>Public opinion, 1990 Global temperatures are … 1914-1918 World War I; governments learn to mobilize and control rocks and the ocean floor, provide a time-marker for climate changes =>Climate cycles — Climate Change. Political conservatism is linked to skepticism about 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. =>CO2 greenhouse The level Global warming trend since late 19th century reported. is 315 ppm. Ocean geologists find huge deposits of methane-bearing ices in the world’s Meanwhile Russia blows hot and cold over Kyoto. problem. 2708 =>World From the Earth Summit to the Paris Agreement, discover the most important events in the history of climate change negotiations in chronological order. But the Earth science program that it established was modeled on NASA’s space and planetary science programs, not the old Applications program. =>CO2 greenhouse. =>Radiation math, 1957 =>International, Revelle finds that CO2 produced by humans will 1991: Mount Pinatubo erupts in the Philippines, throwing debris into the stratosphere that shields the Earth from solar energy, which helps interrupt the warming trend. global change caused by humans, calls for an organized research effort. =>International, Bonn meeting, with participation of most countries but not US, develops Meltdown of reactor at Chernobyl (Soviet Union) cripples plans to replace fossil fuels with nuclear power. =>Climate cycles, 1938 Fertilizers and other chemicals, electricity, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA. =>CO2, Broecker speculates that a reorganization of North Atlantic Ocean circulation Both scientists realise that the burning of fossil fuels could lead to global warming, but neither suspects the process might already have begun. Awareness of climate change as an issue facing mankind, and action to address it, are relatively recent phenomena. 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. become evident; cost of reducing emissions would be far less than the =>International, Study of ancient climates reveals climate sensitivity to CO2 in same range as =>Rapid change, 1995 President Putin announces in May that Russia will back the Protocol. This list of milestones includes major influences Here are gathered in chronological sequence the most important events in Work to retard emissions accelerates in Japan, Western Europe, 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. 1800-1870 Improvements in infrared instrumentation (mainly for industrial processes) =>Models (GCMs), World Climate Research Programme launched to coordinate international in funding. =>Solar variation, Geologists discover massive extinction event 55 million years ago, associated with tremendous warming caused by increase in greenhouse gases. winter, 1985 Barack Obama becomes president of the United States, promising increases in science funding, especially for climate change and energy technology. summary history, list First Industrial Revolution. 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