The report states that temperatures in the Baltic Sea area increased 1,5 degrees C since 1871 compared to globally 1 C. At the end of the century, temperatures will rise in winter from 4-8 degrees, in summer 1,5 to 4 degrees - according to computer simulations.
The reason for this accelerated rise of temperatures is the relation of the huge landmass compared to the relatively small size of the Baltic Sea. Even when the 2 degree target will be reached globally, temperatures will rise here 2,5 degrees, says
In contrast to Martin Mahoneys fieldnotes, there are no people, no history, no place names, no culture and no disputes about dikes in this report. Instead, the state of climate is measured against global models and the IPCC report; coastal protection is determined by scientific measurements. The BACC-II report thus reduces climate to its physical dimensions; from the perspective of this article, climate change has no specific causes except the existence of a dominant landmass, and politics are reduced to the aspect of globally reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Similarily to the IPCC, the BACC-II is a science-based report that actively shapes our perception and consequently our ideas concerning climate politics. In a nutshell, this newspaper article serves perfectly to illustrate the difference in perception and depicition of climate change by natural and social sciences. Good stuff to think with!