IPCC Report – Comments by Sir John Houghton

The IPCC’s Fifth Report, September 2013. Some comments by Sir John Houghton


The Physical Science Component of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s 5th report was agreed in Stockholm in the week beginning 23rd September 2013 and its Summary for Policymakers – about 30 pages long – was available on 27th September. The main messages are:

1) That it is extremely likely (i.e. more than 95% probability) that human influence on climate caused most of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951- 2010.

2) That there is high confidence that this has led to warming of the ocean, melting of snow and ice, a rise in global mean sea level and to more climate extremes with increased intensity.

3) Further warming will result from continued emissions of greenhouse gases, causing changes in all parts of the climate system. Considerable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions will be required if climate change is to be limited.

4) Under almost all possible scenarios a rise of 1.5C is predicted by the end of this century relative to 1850 to 1900 temperatures, but in some scenarios the rise is greater than this. Most scenarios predict further warming beyond 2100.

goto the John Ray Initiative website for the full article


In a comment to ACEN Sir John added:

The urgency of action re reducing emissions is even greater.

I mention in that piece that we now have good and direct evidence of the ocean warming down to 2000 m.

It is only small as yet at the bottom – about 0.1 deg – there is a great deal of ocean to warm, its thermal capacity
is more than 100 times that of the atmosphere!

And even if CO2 emissions ended tomorrow the ocean warming for would continue for decades up to a few centuries into the future. And it is for practical purposes essentially irreversible.

Which means that the heat waves, sea level rise and climate extremes such as flooding will all grow more anymore severe as the years go by.

Christians should be in the forefront of action. And as the IEA has shown – also see JRI web site – the cost of action is small – indeed in the end it will bring big savings because we would no longer have to buy so much fuel.

for information about John Houghton goto http://www.jri.org.uk/introduction/people/john-houghton/

Commensurate with being a brilliant and respected scientist he is a man of faith and active in Christian leadership.

Sir John Houghton FRS has held positions as chairman or co-chairman of Scientific Assessment for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 1988-2002, Professor of Atmospheric Physics at the University of Oxford, 1976-1983, Director General and Chief Executive of the UK Meteorological Office, 1983-1991, Chairman of the UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, 1992-1998, member of the UK Government Panel on Sustainable Development, 1994-2000.

He has received numerous awards including the Japan Prize, Fellowship of the Royal Society of London, and the International Meteorological Organisation Prize. In December 2007 he received the Nobel Peace Prize as part of the IPCC delegation, alongside the former vice-president of America, Al Gore.

His publications include The Physics of Atmospheres (3rd edn. CUP, 2002), Global Warming: the Complete Briefing (4th ed CUP 2009) and The search for God, can science help? (Regents College Publishing, Dec 2007).


Dear ACEN friends

Greetings to you all.

Following the recent adoption of Environmental Resolutions in the Anglican Church in Southern Africa, it is time to request your assistance in gathering together in one place all provincial and diocesan resolutions relating to the environment.

The Southern Africa resolutions are found at http://www.anglicanchurchsa.org/view.asp?pg=resources

Scroll down to Agendum 22 and 23.

Please send me at rector@colwoodanglican.ca copies or links as soon as possible of any similar resolutions made at a provincial, national or diocesan level during the past five years. This should provide an accurate snapshot of where our church is at least on paper.

Thank you for your quick action on this request, especially provincial representatives.

Ken Gray+

Anglicans speak on greening, transforming faith spaces

Jesse Hair, Anglican Church of Canada
October 25, 2013
Full article at http://news.anglican.ca/news/stories/2641

Many Anglican parishes across the country face the question of what to do with aging church buildings–churches and parish halls that have structural problems, waste energy, and are just too big for congregational needs.

Three Anglicans will be sharing the stories how their congregations tackled these problems at a conference in Ottawa on Oct. 26 called Mission Building: Regenerating faith property for faith missions with community partners.

Randal Goodfellow, chair of General Synod’s Creation Matters Task Group, the Rev. Canon Dr. Cathy Campbell of St. Matthew’s in Winnipeg, and Dean Shane Parker of Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa will all speak on the paths their parishes took and the challenges they faced.
article continues at http://news.anglican.ca/news/stories/2641


Zimbabwe introduces course on “greenhouse theology”

By Bellah Zulu, ACNS

The Anglican Church in Zimbabwe has introduced a new course on “greenhouse theology” to empower priests with knowledge about creation, the environment and its preservation.

Harare Bishop Chad Gandiya announced this yesterday at a press conference held at St Mary and All Saints Cathedral in Harare which was attended by many high-level government officials including the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Saviour Kasukuwere.

“The course on greenhouse theology is taught to all those training for the ordained ministry in the Anglican Church and it is our hope that the priests will take this to the parishes they will be assigned to in their dioceses,” said Bp Gandiya.

Read the full article on ACNS at