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Global Weirdness

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Michael D. Lemonick summarizes what we know about the science of climate change; explains what is likely to happen to the climate in the future; and lays out in practical terms what we can and cannot do to avoid further shifts. The 60 entries in the book Global Weirdness: Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas and the Weather of the Future broaden our understanding of how climate change affects our daily lives, provides incontrovertible facts to make informed decisions about the future of the planet and of humankind.

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Michael D. Lemonick
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Comments [14]

gabor wikipil from Clearwater, florida

I had just listened on NPR to an interview with Michael Lemonick, the author of "Global Weirdness". It is disturbing that, this one sided propaganda is becoming standard practice at NPR. You should have had at least one another author in the studio, for example Dr Richard Linzen or Dr Roy Spencer to have some balance of opposing opinions on this subject. Maybe this way we can avoid horrible mistakes like burning food to power cars. You know, corn becomes alcohol, becomes additive to gasoline.

Aug. 14 2012 12:35 PM
Ed from Larchmont

If there were fewer people there would be fewer people to find solutions to these problems also.

Aug. 01 2012 03:17 PM
John A

Good luck. Having another new book doesn't seem to be the problem.*
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Seems funny to me that USA politics can't get this project off the ground. The Space program was good for jobs, 100,000+ jobs x 10 years.
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* still, I'm looking into yours, if briefly.

Jul. 31 2012 12:43 PM
Peter from New York City

There's been a major campaign against belief in global warming, begun by a government nuclear scientist in the 1970's, and carried on by such major corporate interests as the Koch brothers. Any comment?

Jul. 31 2012 12:35 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Going back to Mr. Lemonick's description of the early industrial age, yes, they were using steam, but weren't they producing that steam by burning coal? We always need to look at the impact all along the line for any energy source.

Jul. 31 2012 12:32 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

What about the talk about deflecting some of the sunlight away from the earth, by building huge deflectors in space?

Jul. 31 2012 12:31 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Carbon dioxide isn't just going into the atmosphere, it's also being absorbed by the oceans, & that makes them more acidic, w/adverse effects on living things in the sea. The absorption may also be approaching a saturation point, which would mean that more CO2 would go into the atmosphere.

Jul. 31 2012 12:29 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I think "global climate disruption" is a better term. Deniers couldn't say snowstorms disprove it the way they keep saying it about "global warming." Climate =/= weather; global =/= uniform.

Jul. 31 2012 12:26 PM
chip

How much is the greenhouse effect related to deforestation?

Jul. 31 2012 12:25 PM
Ellen from uws

All this talk of scientific models, etc..ad nauseum, ignores the empiricla evidence and experience of elders living among us.

It is not just that the storms are so much more severe, or larger than before, but that overall quality of daily storms is different than before. eg. - I have lived in NYC for around 25 years. We used to have day long rains, with gentle ( or sometimes powerful) rolling thunderstorms that would last for hours. Now we concentrated isolated storms, that are violent and dump a huge amount of rain in a short period of time.

Jul. 31 2012 12:21 PM

Great guest, helpful info. One thing: Can he refer to the gas in question as "carbon dioxide", instead of exclusively as C02? I'm guessing more know the common name than the formula. thx

Jul. 31 2012 12:20 PM
Kate from Washington Heights

Elliot is doing a great job as guest host - not trying too hard to make an impression, not interrupting guest, simply asking intelligent questions. Yay!

Jul. 31 2012 12:17 PM

Part of the weirdness comes with big surprises that nobody saw coming — like the record thaw in Greenland this summer, something that is really scary (because land-based glacial melt _all_ goes to raising sea levels).

The eastern seaboard of the US is one area projected to see greater sea level rise.

Jul. 31 2012 12:14 PM

A qualification for what the guest said about the statistical science of climate change. We will NEVER be able to say of any one weather event that it is the result of climate change. So if that is the standard people are expecting, they're going to be waiting forever.

As for carbon dioxide and the greenhouse effect, there are a lot of greenhouse gases — some far worse than carbon dioxide, and we're spewing lots of them into the atmosphere too. Nitrous oxide and methane are GHGs. Gaseous water is a greenhouse gas.

Jul. 31 2012 12:11 PM

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