Friday, September 27, 2013

CLIMATE CHANGE & Inter-generational Morality

Is this an inter-generational ethics issue?

We don't have an extra world laying around! 

Let's really THINK about this!

Published on Jul 16, 2013
BBC Documentary on Climate Change Part 1

BBC Documentary on Climate Change Part 2

George Monbiot, The Guardian
Already, a thousand blogs and columns insist the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's new report is a rabid concoction of scare stories whose purpose is to destroy the global economy. But it is, in reality, highly conservative.
Reaching agreement among hundreds of authors and reviewers ensures that only the statements which are hardest to dispute are allowed to pass. Even when the scientists have agreed, the report must be tempered in another forge, as politicians question anything they find disagreeable: the new report received 1,855 comments from 32 governments, and the arguments raged through the night before launch.
In other words, it's perhaps the biggest and most rigorous process of peer review conducted in any scientific field, at any point in human history.
There are no radical departures in this report from the previous assessment, published in 2007; just more evidence demonstrating the extent of global temperature rises, the melting of ice sheets and sea ice, the retreat of the glaciers, the rising and acidification of the oceans and the changes in weather patterns. The message is familiar and shattering: "It's as bad as we thought it was." MORE

ABC News on Winter Melting

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Dr. James E. Hansen is a leading expert on this topic. I would suggest suspending your previous opinion, watch this lecture, look over this blog and determine what you think the human species should do about the climate problems. POST YOUR OPINION IN A RESPECTABLE MANNER with references where necessary and let's open a dialouge here to see if we, in this generation, can do anything to starve off the coming climate change problem. I really appreciate your effort and opinion. Thanks so much!

This is a great FULL 1.5 hour lecture aimed towards the general public by Dr. James ("Jim") Hansen. He gives a clear and engaged description of the science and the challenges that lies ahead. One of the best talks I've seen.

The talk was recorded at James Hansen's New Zealand tour in spring 2011 at the University of Otago, NZ.

The paper can be downloaded from James Hansen's homepage: (under 2011)
Dr James E. Hansen is the director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies 
New study paper from Nov. 2012 
Climate Sensitivity, Sea Level, and Atmospheric CO2

Additional lectures on climate change from Dr. Hansen

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