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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Current State of Climate Change Research

NPR just recently conducted an audio interview with Stanford University professor Stephen Schneider to discuss the state of climate change research today.

Dr. Schneider.

Schneider was part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and worked alongside former Vice President Al Gore.

Schneider was asked about the progress of climate change research and he stated that the recent change in the White House Administration will make a the most significant, positive impact on the research. The new administration will lead us closer to a full, world climate policy.

NPR asked Schneider what types of action does the Obama Administration need to inact and he listed the following.......

--An adaptation strategy.
--Find more ways to use energy more efficiently.
--Help U.S. industry invent our way out of the problem. Green jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

Schneider admits that no one truly knows whether the globe will warm 3 or as much as 10 degrees this century or how much the sea levels will rise due to the melting of the Greenland ice sheet. The fact is that we should not get hung up on the numbers and be realistic in what we can actually do to reduce this problem.

I posted the link to the interview at the top. It's about 7 minutes long.

Here is a link to Schneider's website.

On on different note, I see MODIS recently released a full composite high res. image of Antarctica. Here it is.....


thanks for comments, criticisms, and suggestions

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