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Perspectives of 8 Scientists Attending AGU Fall Meeting

Independent video producer Peter Sinclair captures the views of eight scientists representing some of the nation’s leading research institutions in a concise video newly produced for The Yale Forum.

The hallways of San Francisco’s Moscone Center each early December are fertile grounds for planned and chance encounters with leading climate scientists.

Attending the American Geophysical Union’s 2012 Fall Meeting in early December, independent Michigan video producer Peter Sinclair clearly found that to be the case, and his most recent “This Is Not Cool” video produced for The Yale Forum provides witness.

Among the issues touched on in this new video featuring concise comments by eight scientists representing various climate research organizations:

  • the accelerated state of permafrost degradation in Alaska;
  • concentrations of carbon dioxide and methane and changes in the Arctic “much faster” than has been predicted by models;
  • rapid melting of the Greenland ice sheet in 2012;
  • periodic cool periods resulting from volcanic eruptions, but seen in the overall context of persistent greenhouse gas warming;
  • a lesson to be learned from “Superstorm Sandy”: the vulnerability of human beings to climate changes still of a relatively modest scale given projections for the future;
  • water vapor and upper-ocean heat content;
  • potential sea-level rise of more than 1 meter by the end of the current century; and
  • the multiple channels of evidence pointing to the warming of our climate and the causes of it.

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One Response to Perspectives of 8 Scientists Attending AGU Fall Meeting

  1. Debi daniels says:

    They don’t know it yet but the trees and plants in the north just burned severely from uv light. I’m a farmer up there and everything burned last summer even though it was a wet cold summer. Entire hillsides which were green for the 25 yrs that I’ve lived there went e color of straw. My yellow transparent apples were red …on the skyward side. The ozone hole went from 40-80% reported in October 2011, by the bbc, Richard black. I don’t know what it was in 2012, but it burned the entire forest which holds 703 Pg of carbon,enough , when it decomposes to about double the co2 of the atmosphere, right? Birch decompose fast too, Abe two three years it will start, many trees will survive one year of uv burn, not a second. I grow trees for a living. I’d've had uv stress from taking them out of the greenhouse and not covering them enough,hardening them is what they call it, anyway the uv burn went into the middle of Canada. Burned spruces at the tops… Gardeners reported gardens going crispy even with water in fort Nelson