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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Climate Show #13: James Hansen and the Critical Decade


by GARETH renowden, Hot topic, MAY 24, 2011
Special guest on this week’s show is Dr James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies and perhaps the best-known climate scientist in the world — the man who put the 350 in and a forceful advocate for leaving coal in the ground. We caught up with him during his recent NZ tour and grabbed an interview during his whirlwind visit to Canterbury University (thanks Bronnie!). John Cook’s back from the tour launching his new book Climate Denial: Heads In The Sand, and talks about his experiences on the road as well as debunking the “CO2 lags warming” myth. Plus the Australian Climate Commission’s new report, The Critical Decade, Britain’s ambitious new carbon targets, and a couple of new solar power initiatives.
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News & commentary:
Hansen in NZ
Australian Climate Commission releases new report: The Critical Decade.
  1. There is no doubt that the climate is changing. The evidence is overwhelming and clear
  2. We are already seeing the social, economic and environmental impacts of a changing climate
  3. Human activities – the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation – are triggering the changes we are witnessing in the global climate
  4. This is the critical decade. Decisions we make from now to 2020 will determine the severity of climate change our children and grandchildren experience
See also: The Age
Britain pledges to halve carbon emissions by 2025.
Interview: [0:22:25]
Dr James Hansen: director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, “the grandfather of global warming”. [Home pageStorms of my GrandchildrenWikipedia]
Three papers:
Debunking the sceptic, with John Cook of Skeptical Science [0:47:45].
Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand (Hot Topic review).
Climate Myth: CO2 lags temperature:
Solutions [1:08:50]
First Large Scale 24/7 Solar Power Plant to be Constructed in U.S
Source: Clean Technica
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Theme music: A Drop In The Ocean by The Bads.

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