We can’t rule out catastrophic climate change

by Gareth on October 28, 2011

A couple of weeks ago I plugged an upcoming talk by Pieter Tans of NOAA’s Earth Systems Research Lab in Boulder — a carbon cycle specialist and winner of the Roger Revelle Medal. The talk has now been and gone (on Wednesday in Wellington), and the Science Media Centre has made an audio recording available. It’s embedded below the fold, and very well worth a listen. After an excellent introduction to climate basics (basic physics and chemistry mean that the climate’s changing), Tans traverses our addiction to fossil fuels, and how we might fix the problem.

Pieter Tans

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Dappledwater October 29, 2011 at 11:20 pm

No video clip available at all Gareth? Hard to follow without seeing the slides. Of course, reading at the same time doesn’t help.

Phillybillydilly October 29, 2011 at 11:56 pm

You will see most of the same slides if you watch these two lectures by Ben Santer and James Hansen:



Both lectures are brilliant

McTaptik October 30, 2011 at 9:19 am
Gareth October 30, 2011 at 9:51 am

Thanks Nigel. Pity they haven’t uploaded to Youtube, because then I could embed it…

bill October 30, 2011 at 11:09 am

Indeed! Why does anyone bother with this ‘self-hosting our own obscure format’ thing?

‘WM7 Activex control Not Found’ Therefore no movie. :-(

Dappledwater October 30, 2011 at 12:52 pm

I got the same as you Bill. Grrrrrr……..

Thomas October 30, 2011 at 11:27 pm

It works in Internet Explorer only! But not in FireFox or Chrome or any other browser. They use a MS centric technology. Video on the left and slides on the right. Looks good.

Here the tech specs for viewing the VUW media: http://mdsweb.vuw.ac.nz/

Thomas October 31, 2011 at 1:12 am

Definitely worth seeing (and using IE that one time)….
The most remarkable statement is that he sees us in a 1 in 6 chance to produce AGW of 30 Deg Farenheit or about 15 Deg C in warming over the continental land masses… and likens what we are doing to playing Russian Roulette with a 6 chamber revolver pointed at the head of our children….
Tell somebody to take a ride in a plane that has a 1 in 6 chance of crashing… not many takes I would think. The Space shuttle had a 1 in 100 failure rate…

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