Environment Counts | Climate Change: Is the Science â€œSettledâ€?
Author: Rick Higgins – Published At: 2012-05-09 12:36 – (1028 Reads)
This article covers a video which addresses the issue of how to determine what proportion of global warming is due to natural causes, and what proportion is anthropogenic? There is a focus on climate change as complicated systems science. The presenter, Stephen Schneider, was a distinguished scientist for more than forty years in the field of climate change. This is a background briefing video on the science of climate change.
This video presentation is part of Stanfordâ€™s Continuing Studies Program. It was recorded in February 2010, just five months prior to Stephen Schneider’s sudden death.
The following are among his many posts, roles and achievements in the field of climate change.
The presentation is authoritative and provocative. While delivered as a Stanford University guest lecture, it provides a solid background briefing for anyone who is interested in understanding the competing claims both for and against an anthropogenic role/contribution to global warming.
There is a focus on climate change as â€œcomplicated systems science… which is filled with multiple outcomes”. Climate change science is â€œall about evaluating risk… All opinions are not equal about risk. You have to know what you are talking about.”
Professor Schneider’s answer to the question of whether the science is settled is definitely worth the time (one and a half hours) it requires to view the video. It is filled with informative, interesting and provocative material.
Professor Schneider is well qualified to address this issue. The following is a sample part of his roles and achivements the field of climate change.
- Professor of Environmental Biology and Global Change, Stanford University
- Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for Environment, Stanford
- Co-founder of The Climate Change Project at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in the early 1970s
- Lead author and synthesis author of several chapters assessing key vulnerabilities and risks from climate change for the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Key scientific advisor of IPCC since 1988.
- Author of more than five hundred (500) books, scientific papers, Congressional proceedings, legislative testimonies, etc
- 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with his co-authors at the IPCC