EP 56 / Answering Skeptics

Dead coral and sea shells washed up on beach, Mexico, 2007.

We know that CO2 causes climate change, but how?  Believe it or not, credit card debt can help explain how CO2 causes global warming, even if the graphics show CO2 kind of non-synchronized with temperatures, at times.  Hear Richard Alley talk about CO2 causing global warming at the AGU Annual Meeting.  (Full video with graphics is here)

Also hear Stephen Colbert talk about mountaintop removal with Dr. Margaret Palmer, and the latest crock of the week, the claim of a petition with 32,000 signatures on it from scientists.  It’s a hoax, of course. From Peter Sinclair of the Greenman’s Climate Crock video series.  Sinclair is a longtime advocate of environmental awareness and energy alternatives and he runs Greenman Studio from his home in Midland, Michigan.

Richard Alley is an American geologist and Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at the Pennsylvania State University.  He has authored more than 170 refereed scientific publications about the relationships between Earth’s cryosphere and global climate change,  and is recognized by the Institute for Scientific Information as a “highly cited researcher.”  (wikipedia)

More information on how to speak to deniers and skeptics that should be useful to everyone is here and here.

New climate change meetings/conferences after COP15:
In Abu Dhabi, the World Future Energy Summit.

Another climate change meeting is coming up on January 24th. Read about it here.

“…key groups of developing countries will meet to try to explore ways to get to agree a legally binding final agreement.  As the dust settles on the stormy Danish meeting, environment ministers from the so-called “Basic countries” – Brazil, South Africa, India and China – will meet on January 24 in New Delhi. No formal agenda has been set, but observers expect the emerging geopolitical alliance between the four large developing countries who brokered the final “deal” with the US in Denmark will define a common position on emission reductions and climate aid money, and seek ways to convince other countries to sign up to the Copenhagen accord that emerged last month.”

You have to wonder what the carbon footprint is of all these meetings, especially given what they accomplish (not much).

Transportation emissions information from Science Insider:

“. . . . projections spelled out in a new report reviewing the issue by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change suggests that by 2050 the total amount of carbon pollution from these sources could increase tenfold, depending on population, economics, and technology trends. Were that to happen, emissions would be as high as the entire transportation sector, which takes up 14% of global greenhouse emissions, currently dominated by pollution from cars and trucks.

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Music dedicated to all skeptics and deniers at the end:  Pants on the Ground, by ‘General’ Larry Platt.