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CAN WE KEEP WAITING?

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GLOBAL WARMING IS REAL

GLOBAL WARMING IS REAL


THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW

THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW


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Here is the full repost of the Andrew Revkin's post at NY Times DOT EARTH

June 22, 2008, 10:24 pm

NASA’s Hansen: Humans Still Loading Climate Dice
By Andrew C. Revkin




Twenty years ago on Monday, James E. Hansen testified before the Senate Energy Committee — in a room kept intentionally warm by committee staff — that the atmospheric buildup of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels and forests was already perceptibly influencing Earth’s climate.

Then, as now, Dr. Hansen, the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, was pushing beyond what many of his colleagues in climatology were willing to say — at least publicly. His supporters say that, given how science and events appear to be catching up with his projections of two decades ago, the world had better heed his new recommendations. His critics show few signs of ever accommodating the ideas he now presses, which include a prompt moratorium on new coal-burning power plants until they can capture and store carbon dioxide and a rising tax on fuels contributing greenhouse-gas emissions, with the revenue passed back directly to citizens, avoiding the complexities of “cap and trade” bills.

I encourage you to watch the nine-minute video above, which I shot while interviewing Dr. Hansen in his cluttered office on Friday. Here’s the print story. He says that 2009 may present the last chance we have to defuse what he calls the “global warming time bomb.”

The video begins with his explanation of a visual aid he created in 1988 with Jose Mendoza, an illustrator at Goddard in the days before PowerPoint: a pair of cardboard dice showing how humans were tipping the odds toward climate troubles. Notably, perhaps because of old glue, the paper black dots were falling off.

1 comment:

dan said...

Hansen says 2009 is pivotal.