The DB Climate Advisors' Carbon Counter displays the running total amount of long-lived greenhouse gasses in the earth's atmosphere, measured in metric tons.
We are seeking to raise public awareness of climate change. As investors, we know the importance of measurement so that we can track progress. Our approach is to start by understanding the quantity, or concentrations, of long-lived greenhouse gases which are building up in the world's atmosphere and are leading to global warming.
The full implications for global warming coming from greenhouse gases are outlined both in the IPCC Synthesis Report (below) and a more recent paper from MIT (also below) looking at the probabilities of warming. To quote MIT's News Office this is "the most comprehensive modeling yet carried out on the likelihood of how much hotter the Earth's climate will get in this century shows that without rapid and massive action, the problem will be about twice as severe as previously estimated six years ago - and could be even worse than that." By 2100, surface temperatures could be 5.1 degrees Celsius higher.