Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Climate Change: Dr. James Hansen Speaks Out

Renowned climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen, tells the story of his early involvement in the science of global climate change and subsequent participation in testimony and protest against government inaction.  He outlines the overwhelming evidence that human-made global warming is happening and that it's caused primarily by burning fossil fuels.  He expresses why these facts make him deeply worried about our future and that of his young grandchildren, whose photos are included.  Finally, Hansen describes a new policy to help restore climate stability.

Biography: James Hansen, Ph.D., 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. 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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