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. 2002: Parliaments in the European Union, Japan and others ratify Kyoto. Astronauts walk on the Moon, and people perceive the Earth as a fragile =>Public opinion, 2005 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. Analysts say that loopholes have pegged agreed cuts in emissions from rich-nation signatories to less than a third of the original Kyoto promise. 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. UN sets up the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to analyse and report on scientific findings. 2003: Globally it is the third hottest year on record, but Europe experiences the hottest summer for at least 500 years, with an estimated 30,000 fatalities as a result. =>Modern temp's, 1982 on emission of ozone-destroying gases. Researchers later conclude that climate change at least doubled the risk of the heatwave happening. 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. that changes in the concentration of the gases could bring climate change. of trace gases in the stratosphere and discovery of danger to ozone layer. predicted independently by computer models. that doubling CO2 would raise world temperatures a couple of degrees. For at least 124 years, climate “scientists” have been claiming that the climate was going to kill us…but they have kept switching whether it was a coming ice age, or global warming. This is a reference list of miscellaneous significant developments that We're running out of lithium for batteries – can we use salt instead? =>International. =>Radiation math, First meeting of experts concerned with global warming warns that a rise in sea level is likely, with "immense flooding" of shorelines. Bryson =>CO2, Broecker speculates that a reorganization of North Atlantic Ocean circulation =>Radiation math, 1957 Telescope studies show a greenhouse effect raises temperature of the atmosphere emissions; UK Prime Minister Thatcher is first major leader to call for Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is established. Chamberlin produces a model for global carbon exchange including feedbacks. 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. renewable energy sources, inhibits nuclear energy growth. https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn9912-timeline-climate-change =>sea rise, ice, floods, Deadly summer heat wave in Europe accelerates divergence between European =>International, 1998 =>Aerosols, 2003 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. Science with Sam explains. International Meteorological Organization begins to compile and standardize global weather data, including temperature. become evident; cost of reducing emissions would be far less than the Signatory nations urged to ratify the protocol in their national legislatures in time for it to come into force before the end of 2002. Launch of Soviet Sputnik satellite. First Earth Day. From the Earth Summit to the Paris Agreement, discover the most important events in the history of climate change negotiations in chronological order. China overtakes the United States as the world’s biggest emitter of CO2. Industrialised nations agree on the need to negotiate real cuts in their emissions, to be concluded by the end of 1997. Fossil-fuel and other U.S. industries form Global Climate Coalition After about 1980, efforts that would be relevant to global warming science, some of which happen to be useful for understanding climate change. makes it possible to model weather processes =>Models (GCMs) — Geological studies of polar wandering Listed below are some key dates in climate change history. 1970s: and intensified scientific warnings raise concern, especially among younger people, and spur public demonstrations and civil disobedience. 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. Barack Obama becomes president of the United States, promising increases in science funding, especially for climate change and energy technology. feedbacks in carbon cycle, liable to accelerate warming. In April the US Supreme Court rules that the EPA does have the authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. Criticism that satellite measurements show no warming are dismissed 1945 involving ozone =>Other gases — Research on urban air pollution, Reports from US National Academy of Sciences and Environmental Protection 1863: Irish scientist John Tyndall publishes a paper describing how water vapour can be a greenhouse gas. =>International, Study of ancient climates reveals climate sensitivity to CO2 in same range as =>Public opinion, 1973 =>Public opinion, 2004 1990: The first report of the IPCC finds that the planet has warmed by 0.5°C in the past century. a serious contribution to the greenhouse effect. =>Models (GCMs), 1993 Colleague David Keeling sets up first continuous monitoring of CO2 levels in the atmosphere. Keeling soon finds a regular year-on-year rise. =>Public opinion, Variety of studies emphasize variability and importance of biological Al Gore’s climate change film An Inconvenient Truth becomes a box-office hit. 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. Research on small-scale phenomena in various fields of geophysics (cloud of large quantities of methane =>Other gases. from solar influences. =>International, National Academy panel sees a "paradigm shift" in scientific which show a temperature rise of a few degrees for doubled CO2. help provoke Ewing-Donn model of ice ages =>Simple models — Keeling accurately measures CO2 =>Public opinion. Interactive timeline: A guide to climate change negotiations. 1350-1850: The Little Ice Age chills parts of the northern hemisphere. Level of carbon dioxide gas (CO2) in the atmosphere, 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. Controversial "attribution" studies find some recent disastrous heat waves, droughts, extremes of precipitation, and floods were made worse by global warming. Arrhenius publishes first calculation of global warming from human emissions 1920-1925 climate. First meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee takes place. went up and down together through past ice ages, pointing to powerful since the end of the last ice age, is "very likely," with highly damaging future impacts =>Impacts and possible severe =>sea rise, ice, floods, 2006 Emiliani's analysis of deep-sea cores and Broecker's analysis of ancient corals show that the timing of ice ages was temperature measurements. 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. 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. =>Simple models =>International, Mariner 9 spacecraft finds a great dust storm 1997 Alaska threatens to sue over the decision. The precise rules are left for further negotiations. =>Models (GCMs), World Climate Research Programme launched to coordinate international 2005: On 16 February, the Kyoto Protocol comes into force. First IPCC report says world has been warming and future warming seems summary history.) Ewing and Donn offer a feedback model for abrupt climate change. 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. Global warming trend since late 19th century reported. =>Biosphere, 2001 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. and droughts plus statements by Hansen. of ancient reversals of the Earth's magnetic field, measured in continental Climate Crisis: Our Changing World is a brand new digital series prioritising the conversation around climate change and inviting you to join … =>Government. After some hesitation, other nations agree to go ahead without him. 2003 also sees a marked acceleration in the rate of accumulation of greenhouse gases. This, they say, will cap sea-level rise at 20 centimetres. Mitchell reports downturn of global temperatures since the early 1940s.=>Modern temp's. =>Aerosols, Global warming skeptics claim that 20th-century temperature changes followed an atmosphere. to tell politicians and the public that climate science is too uncertain The US Environmental Protection Agency is taken to the Supreme Court over its refusal to regulate CO2 emissions. =>Rapid change, Strong global warming since mid-1970s is reported, with 1981 the warmest actual current warming in polar regions begin affecting public opinion. Decisions postponed until at least May 2001. =>International, 1991 2708 =>Public opinion, Toronto conference calls for strict, specific limits on greenhouse gas Extreme weather costs an estimated record of $60 billion this year. with threat of warming, but oil lobby convinces US administration to deny to small perturbations. 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. of complex chemical and light interactions in the atmosphere, especially believed. =>sea rise, ice, floods, 2008 1962 of other external influences. The synthesis report warns of “abrupt and irreversible” climate change. =>Modern temp's, 2015 is underway, reviving interest in the question. Fourier calculates that the Earth would be far colder if it lacked =>Simple models. =>Government, Aerosols from human activity are shown to be increasing swiftly. 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. =>The oceans, 1986 =>Public opinion, 1975 research. greenhouse effect warming, declares that serious warming is likely in seabeds =>Other gases — Meanwhile, the world experiences the second hottest year on record and Antarctica’s Larsen B ice sheet breaks up. oil fields. of global warming on storm intensity. This phrase included climate change as well as changes in land use, ocean productivity and pollution. climate. Some climatologists predict a new ice age. as such, and all the important discoveries (the ice ages, the infrared Eric Steig and colleagues show that Antarctica is warming. UNEP organized an internal seminar in January to identify environmental sectors that might be sensitive to climate change. is 315 ppm. Even the coldest years in the 1980s were warmer than the warmest years of the 1880s. is now decreasing. Callendar argues that CO2 greenhouse global warming The BBC Climate Change Experiment simulates the period 1920 to 2080 with the use of realistic scenarios of future greenhouse gas and sulphur emissions. 2009: Governments, including the US, prepare to negotiate a successor to the Kyoto Protocol at a conference in December. 2007 =>Impacts, 1965 =>Models (GCMs), 1956 =>Government, 1974 gases.=> Other gases, Villach Conference declares consensus among experts that some global could be a variable star =>Solar variation — Greenland ice cores suggest that great climate changes (at least Timeline of climate change negotiations: click on the image to launch the infographic . =>Public opinion, Creation of US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the world's =>CO2 greenhouse. Reaction to nuclear reactor disaster at Fukushima (Japan) ends hopes for a renaissance of nuclear power. After 1988 it is difficult to identify historical milestones. =>Aerosols, 1971 In longstanding "hockey stick" controversy, scientists conclude post-1980 global warming was unprecedented for centuries or more. and related industrial and military applications,improves knowledge of Toyota introduces Prius in Japan, first mass-market electric =>International, Manabe and Wetherald make a convincing calculation The time span of 1920–25 becomes the era of large-scale petroleum development, beginning with the opening of Texas and Persian Gulf oil fields. "2100 isn't enough. =>International. politics. =>Public opinion. 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. Analysis of automobile and airplane exhaust pollution brings recognition external to the science itself. =>CO2 greenhouse The level Models of glacier flow, developed by generations of glaciologists, reveal the rate of ocean turnover =>CO2 greenhouse — Development of digital computers and US public opinion. Conference in Rio de Janeiro produces UN Framework Convention on Climate provides information useful for setting On 18 November, the Russian parliament ratifies the protocol, paving the way for it to come into force in 2005. 1988: Global warming attracts worldwide headlines after scientists at Congressional hearings in Washington DC blame major US drought on its influence. Meanwhile Russia blows hot and cold over Kyoto. 1960s: Level of CO2 in the atmosphere reaches 350 ppm. =>International, 1989 Mean global temperature (1850-1890) is roughly 13.7°C. At a pivotal climate meeting held in Exeter, UK, scientists warn that the west Antarctic ice sheet is starting to collapse. Tyndall demonstrates that some gases block infrared radiation, and notes Before the 1950s there were practically no global warming studies rocks and the ocean floor, provide a time-marker for climate changes =>Climate cycles — Fertilizers and other chemicals, electricity, 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. Many experts warn that damage from climate change is arriving at a faster pace than was anticipated just a few years earlier. Meanwhile, the US government says it will not ratify the agreement unless it sees evidence of “meaningful participation” in reducing emissions from developing countries. “Deep Adaptation” made people confront the end of the world from climate change. timeline of climate change I n 1896 Svante Arrhenius constructs the first climate model of the influence of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). global warming. 2003-2020 Spencer Weart & American Institute of Physics, Introduction: the atmosphere =>Radiation math, and in funding. the chief climate risk in the next century. action. Watch a robot squid propel itself through water with rhythm. (The solar-climate correlation would fail in the 1955 Phillips produces a convincing computer model of the global atmosphere. on a regional scale) can occur in the space of a single decade. as later measured in ancient ice, is about 290 ppm (parts per million). Global temperatures are … =>Modern temp's The rise could not be attributed to changes in solar energy. 1939-1945 =>CO2, 2009 International conference produces Kyoto Protocol, setting targets for industrialized nations to He is the first to use a greenhouse analogy. of Venus far above the boiling point of water. will have a significant effect on the radiation balance. Studies suggest a possibility of collapse of Antarctic ice sheets, which 1930s This article appeared in print under the title: =>Public opinion, 1978 Carbon dioxide emissions are found to be rising faster than in the 1990s, and new evidence bolsters the iconic “hockey stick” graph. summary history, list to be shrinking faster than expected. Election of Reagan brings backlash against environmental The health benefits of sunlight: Can vitamin D help beat covid-19? Paris Agreement: nearly all nations pledge to set their own targets for greenhouse gas cuts and to report their progress. Averyt, M. Tignor and H.L. =>International, Excerpts from stolen e-mails of climate scientists fuel public skepticism. Mean global temperature is 14.8°C, the warmest 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. Greenland ice cores reveal drastic temperature oscillations in the space =>Simple models, Plass calculates that adding CO2 to the atmosphere =>Rapid change, 1992 global data essential for climate modelling =>Models (GCMs). As of 2019, only around $3 billion has been contributed. IBM Personal Computer introduced. Here are gathered in chronological sequence the most important events in US Office of Naval Research begins generous funding of many fields of 900-1300: The Medieval Warm Period brings warm weather to Europe, thanks to an unusually strong North Atlantic Oscillation bringing in extra heat. =>Government, 1955 doubling CO2 will bring 1.5-4.5°C global warming. The Green Climate Fund, a $100 billion fund to assist developing countries in mitigating and adapting to climate change, is also established. Awareness of climate change as an issue facing mankind, and action to address it, are relatively recent phenomena. feedbacks. movement to power. Cuban Missile Crisis, peak of the Cold War. Studies find surprisingly strong "global dimming," =>Climate cycles, 1938 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. =>Modern temp's, Milankovitch proposes orbital changes as the cause of ice ages. Average temperatures drop for two years before rising again. International Global Atmospheric Research Program established, mainly societies. =>Modern temp's, Qualms about arbitrariness in computer models diminish as teams model =>Aerosols, 2000 Italy and Switzerland agree to redraw their border in response to melting glaciers. by National Academy Panel. aerosols and atmospheric turbidity =>Aerosols — Studies Oil embargo and price rise bring first "energy crisis". were effectively "external.". whole. Ocean geologists find huge deposits of methane-bearing ices in the world’s The Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) launched in 1995. fairly realistic models of complex systems like climate =>Models (GCMs) — Nimbus-III First Industrial Revolution. =>Other gases, Manabe and collaborators produce complex but plausible computer models 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”. relatively stable modes in the space of a thousand years or so, especially The 1980s turn out to be the hottest decade on record, with seven of the eight warmest years recorded up to 1990. =>Other gases, Eddy shows that there were prolonged periods without sunspots in past industrial Pinatubo explodes; Hansen predicts cooling pattern, verifying (by Measurements of solar activity show that it has declined since the 1980s, debunking the claim that it is responsible for global warming. An apparent pause or "hiatus" in global warming of the atmosphere since 1998, publicized by skeptics, is explained; the world is still warming (as following years would confirm). =>Impacts =>Public opinion. =>Simple models, 1897 April 2008: Negotiators from 180 countries are attempting to draft a plan against global warming. problem. =>Public opinion, 1990 According to a … =>Models (GCMs), 1999 crucial parameters in global computer models =>Models (GCMs) — Studies Miller (eds.)]. warming the atmosphere of Mars, plus indications of a radically different IPCC warns that only strong measures to halt rising greenhouse gas emissions will prevent serious global warming. Scientists point out that this event shows how sensitive global temperatures are to disruption. Level of CO2 in the atmosphere is 415 ppm, the highest in millions of years. Al Gore and the IPCC are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, while a UK judge criticises An Inconvenient Truth for containing nine “factual inaccuracies“. =>Rapid change, Droughts in Africa, Ukraine, India cause world food crisis, spreading fears about climate change. Europe launches its Emissions Trading Scheme, despite criticism of the idea. Scientists are uncertain if it is a blip or a new, more ominous trend. Global Climate Coalition dissolves as many corporations grapple Fourth IPCC report warns that serious effects of warming have 1827: French polymath Jean-Baptiste Fourier predicts an atmospheric effect keeping the Earth warmer than it would otherwise be. World War II. Improvements in infrared instrumentation (mainly for industrial processes) The marine isotope stages (MIS) are often used to express dating within the Quaternary. =>sea rise, ice, floods 500 million years of climate change Ice core data for the past 400,000 years, with the present at right. First major books, movie, and art work featuring global warming appear. year on record. 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… 1998 is the hottest year in the hottest decade of the hottest century of the millennium. =>Solar variation, "An Inconvenient Truth" documentary persuades many but sharpens political polarization. centuries, corresponding to cold periods. twice as fast as expected, from rise of methane and other trace greenhouse NASA developed the technology and funded the science. acutely sensitive to changes in CO2 level. Environmental movement attains strong influence, spreads =>Government, 1970 1914-1918 World War I; governments learn to mobilize and control concern about global degradation. (West Antarctica, Greenland) can raise sea level faster than most had =>International, Revelle finds that CO2 produced by humans will News media coverage of global warming leaps upward following record heat =>International, 1896 except US. 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. Research on military applications of radar and infrared radiation promotes Note length of glacial cycles averages ~100,000 years. agreements to restrict emissions.=> International, Antarctic ice cores show that CO2 and temperature 2019 News of disasters (tropical cyclones, wildfires, etc.) Talks in Bonn in July and Marrakech in November finally conclude the fine print of the protocol. 1709: As the Little Ice Age comes to an end, Europe experiences a freakishly cold winter. Scroll through the various slides within the interactive timeline, above, by clicking on the arrows. The first Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report published in 1990. Meeting of climate scientists in Toronto subsequently calls for 20% cuts in global CO2 emissions by the year 2005. =>Models (GCMs), 1976 The time from roughly 15,000 to 5,000 BC was a time of transition, and swift and extensive environmental change, as the planet was moving from an Ice age, towards an interstadial (warm period). Cold War concerns support 1957-58 =>Other gases, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is established. =>International, Bonn meeting, with participation of most countries but not US, develops =>Public opinion, Budyko and Sellers present models of catastrophic ice-albedo feedbacks. foster worries that human technology can bring world-wide disaster =>Public opinion — due to pollution, has retarded arrival of greenhouse warming, but dimming =>CO2 greenhouse, 1958 Does it matter if it’s not correct? Military grand strategy is largely driven by a struggle to control =>International, Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets and Arctic Ocean sea-ice cover found But the protocol’s complicated rules require ratification by nations responsible for 55% of industrialised country emissions, before it can come into force. Some of the most extreme scenarios are left out of the report, leading to accusations that it has been watered down. following decade.) but that did have a significant influence on climate change studies. Borehole data affects many fields including the calculation of radiation transfer in In March, the Berlin Mandate is agreed by signatories at the first full meeting of the Climate Change Convention in Berlin. 1995) computer models of aerosol effects. =>Other gases, 1879 claims they counteract global warming and may bring serious cooling. 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. =>Rapid change, 1995 =>Government, 1979 Numerous observations raise concern that collapse of ice sheets The World Conservation Union finds that thousands of species are at risk from climate change. =>Simple models, Nimbus III satellite begins to provide comprehensive global atmospheric slowly penetrating the oceans, reveals deep circulation patterns =>The oceans — Studies Researchers link warming to a record US hurricane season, accelerated melting of Arctic sea ice and Siberian permafrost. Second Industrial Revolution. Boulder, Colorado meeting on causes of climate change: Lorenz and others After Australia joins the US in reneging on the deal, Russia is left to make or break the treaty, but hesitates. Continued rapid improvement of digital computers and software makes possible Change, but US blocks calls for serious action. =>World Hollywood blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow bases its plot on an exaggerated climate change scenario. In: Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Second IPCC report detects "signature" of human-caused Researchers find collapse of West Antarctic ice sheet may be irreversible, bringing meters of sea-level rise over future centuries. The immune system: can you improve your immune age? =>International, Hurricane Katrina and other major tropical storms spur debate over impact Ramanathan and collaborators announce that global warming may come 2008: The polar bear is listed on the US endangered species act, because of the risk to its habitat from climate change. 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