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NOAA’s Jane Lubchenco on ‘society’s wicked problems’

by Barry Bergman, NewsCenter -- Dec 10, 2012

“A baseball player who is on steroids is going to have a much higher probability of hitting lots and lots of home runs,” she said [Lubchenco]. “Now, you can’t turn around and say this particular home run was because of steroids. But you can say there are going to be a lot more home runs because this person is on steroids.

“I think the same is true,” she added, for the relationship between climate change and extreme weather. “We now have weather on steroids.”

“The real challenge to us collectively is… not just documenting changes, not just saying what the problems are, but really creating solutions,” she said, outlining a “social contract” for scientists. “And that means interdisciplinary approaches. It means engaging with society on a variety of spatial scales, and it means thinking differently about what our roles as scientists are.”

[ Source -- Communicating Climate Change: The “Isolated Weather Event” Problem ]

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  •  Don't tell the idiots at Daily Caller (6+ / 0-)

    Scientist tells senators: Global warming not causing extreme weather

    In a Senate hearing Thursday, environmental scientist Roger Pielke of the University of Colorado said it’s “incorrect” to claim that global warming is spurring more extreme weather disasters.

    “It is misleading and just plain incorrect to claim that disasters associated with hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or droughts have increased on climate timescales either in the United States or globally,” Pielke said in his testimony before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “It is further incorrect to associate the increasing costs of disasters with the emission of greenhouse gases.”

    One scientist on the side of denialist is all it takes for them to deny.

    I stumbled on this today and was shocked by most of the comments.  I tried to post but for some reason I think they have banned me.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 10:52:04 PM PDT

  •  I heard a good explanation (4+ / 0-)
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    jamess, MKinTN, bumbi, Eric Nelson

    of climate change that refuted the claim that "a one or two degree increase in temperature is no big deal, because what's the problem if the temp is 72 instead of 70? Or 98 instead of 96? Or (in the winter) 34 instead of 32?"

    It's all about the extra heat (energy) in the atmosphere. If the overall temperature goes up, there's more evaporation from bodies of water (lakes and oceans). There might be bigger tornados and bigger hurricanes. Maybe more droughts (in some areas) or maybe bigger thunderstorms (in other areas), leading to bigger floods. More energy means more wind, too.

    "Stupid just can't keep its mouth shut." -- SweetAuntFanny's grandmother.

    by Dbug on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 11:30:40 PM PDT

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