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message 2: by Brian (new)

Brian Burt | 426 comments Mod
BTW, the Union of Concerned Scientists is sponsoring National Climate Assessment webinars focusing on the specific implications for different regions of the U.S., presented by contributing authors from that region. I happen to be in the Midwest / Great Lakes Region, and that webinar was presented by scientists from Indiana University, Michigan University, and Iowa State University. The webinars that have already occurred are available for on-demand viewing; if your region hasn't yet been presented, you can register to view it live. Here's the link:

National Climate Assessment 2014 Webinar Series

The material presented is more technical and not as visceral as something like "Years of Living Dangerously," but it's compelling and sobering. Ultimately the message for the Midwest was that we can't just "adapt our way out" of the problem but have already set things in motion such that we'll be forced to adapt to the changes we can't stop.

I saw a quote from Tom Friedman that I thought summed up our climate change challenge succinctly: we need to "manage the unavoidable and avoid the unmanageable."


message 3: by Jimmy (new)

Jimmy | 1572 comments Mod
Here is another video worth watching:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAtD9...


message 4: by Brian (new)

Brian Burt | 426 comments Mod
Jimmy wrote: "Here is another video worth watching:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAtD9..."


Very well done - I love the Carl Sagan video snippet!


message 5: by Jimmy (new)

Jimmy | 1572 comments Mod
Unfortunately, Mr. Sagan made some mistakes about climate change when he was alive, so that is a bit of an in-joke showing his face. Climate deniers love to say, "Well Carl Sagan said . . . " He was not a climatologist.


message 6: by Brian (new)

Brian Burt | 426 comments Mod
Jimmy wrote: "Unfortunately, Mr. Sagan made some mistakes about climate change when he was alive, so that is a bit of an in-joke showing his face. Climate deniers love to say, "Well Carl Sagan said . . . " He wa..."

Huh, didn't know Dr. Sagan had taken skeptical stances on climate change, but I do generally have tremendous respect for his contributions. Here's another link from Climate Denial Crock of the Week that shows Sagan came around eventually, anyway... and way back in 1990, when denial was much more prevalent (or at least defensible).

Carl Sagan on Global Warming


message 7: by Jimmy (new)

Jimmy | 1572 comments Mod
Sagan's mistake had to do with water vapor. If you look down here you can find it.

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com...


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