Climate Change Collision Course. {James Hansen on TED Video}

Via Jill Barth
on Apr 9, 2012
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“Imagine a giant asteroid on a direct collision course with Earth. That is the equivalent of what we face now [with climate change], yet we dither.”

~ James Hansen

James Hansen speaks from a studied point of view, sharing what he’s learned about climate change and why it scares him to think of the future his grandchildren, the monarch butterfly and something ‘worse than the dust bowl’.

Mr. Hansen knows what our Earth faces and wants ensure that others understand his message. He’s serious to the point that his attempt to communicate has gotten him arrested and taken him all over the world to spread his message.

His impressive list of publications can be found here. His presentations, all intelligent and science-based, are available here. From his website:

James Hansen is Adjunct Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He was trained in physics and astronomy in the space science program of James Van Allen at the University of Iowa. His early research on the clouds of Venus helped identify their composition as sulfuric acid. Since the late 1970s, he has focused his research on Earth’s climate, especially human-made climate change.

Hansen is known for his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in the 1980s that helped raise broad awareness of the global warming issue. Hansen is recognized for speaking truth to power, for identifying ineffectual policies as greenwash, and for outlining the actions that the public must take to protect the future of young people and the other species on the planet.

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About Jill Barth

Jill Barth, elephant journal green team leader, lives in Illinois with her husband and kids. She reminds you to breathe. Jill's writing can be found on her blog, Small Things Honored.


6 Responses to “Climate Change Collision Course. {James Hansen on TED Video}”

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  5. samitee says:

    James Hansen is the laughingstock of Climate Science. Every prediction he's made over the last 20 years have failed miserably. He is a political activist first, government NASA scientist second. He has been exposed time and time again for making wild claims, fudging data, corrupting the peer review process, etc, etc, etc. He is the main government mouthpiece to push the CAGW agenda which is largely based on junk science. His theories failed his own standards at a high percentile. He should not be considered a credible, reliable, honest scientist.