Healy Hamilton, the director of the Center for Applied Biodiversity Informatics at the California Academy of Sciences, talks with freelance science journalist Mark Hertsgaard about his latest book titled Hot: The Next 50 Years on Earth.
Dr. Healy Hamilton heads the Center for Biodiversity Research and Information at the California Academy of Sciences, and serves as adjunct professor in the Department of Geography at San Francisco State University. Her interests range from researching the effects of climate change on biodiversity to the evolution and conservation of cetaceans and seahorses. Among her latest expeditions was a trip to New Caledonia to find seahorses, pipehorses, and pipefish for genetic analysis.
Mark Hertsgaard, an independent journalist based in San Francisco, is the author of five books that have been translated into sixteen languages. He covers climate change for Vanity Fair, The Nation, Time and Die Zeit and has written for many of the world's leading newspapers and magazines.
Mark Hertsgaard is the author of five books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including Earth Odyssey: Around the World In Search of Our Environmental Future and On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency.
A correspondent for Link TV and The Nation and L'espresso magazines, he has written for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Time, The Guardian, Die Zeit and other leading publications around the world. His next book is called, Hot: Living Through the Storm: Surviving the Next 50 Years of Global Warming.
Journalist Mark Hertsgaard argues the United States is the only advanced industrial nation that continues to debate the actuality of climate change. Though climate deniers only represent a minority of the country, Hertsgaard says their megaphone is large. He compares them to the tobacco industry lobbyists who denied smoking caused cancer.
Increase in the global average surface temperature resulting from enhancement of the greenhouse effect, primarily by air pollution. In 2007 the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change forecasted that by 2100 global average surface temperatures would increase 3.27.2 °F (1.84.0 °C), depending on a range of scenarios for greenhouse gas emissions, and stated that it was now 90 percent certain that most of the warming observed over the previous half century could be attributed to greenhouse gas emissions produced by human activities (i.e., industrial processes and transportation). Many scientists predict that such an increase in temperature would cause polar ice caps and mountain glaciers to melt rapidly, significantly raising the levels of coastal waters, and would produce new patterns and extremes of drought and rainfall, seriously disrupting food production in certain regions. Other scientists maintain that such predictions are overstated. The 1992 Earth Summit and the 1997 Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change attempted to address the issue of global warming, but in both cases the efforts were hindered by conflicting national economic agendas and disputes between developed and developing nations over the cost and consequences of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.
To all climate deniers who like to confuse the issue with a barrage of secondary and tertiary facts, please set aside all information from proxy sources for a moment and only consider recent direct measurements.
It is a fact that global temperature has increased 0.9C (1.62F) since 1880 and is still rising despite the fact that our sun is in an unusually quiet period. Direct world-wide measurements only became possible in 1880 due to the formation of the International Meteorological Organization (IMO) in 1873 combined with the manufacture, sale, and export of inexpensive glass thermometers in the mid 1850s. Remembering that the petroleum business doesn't start until the development of the first commercial oil field in Poland in 1853, one can surmise that the explosion of industry which followed is to blame for the CO2 releases we see in the Keeling Curve (measurements only began in 1958).
CO2 release also triggered environmental feedbacks (melting permafrost, melting methane clathrates, melting ice which reduces albedo (causing the surface to change from 90% reflecting to 90% absorbing), forest fires, etc.) which only made things worse. Having the human race grow from under 1 billion in 1850 to nearly 7 billion today did not help.
Is any evidence enough to make you question AGW? If not; Why not?
Why not write about the decline of temperatures between 1940 to 1975 when CO2 levels were going up?
How much warmer is it than 1800? As we came out of the 1400 to 1800 era little ice age?
Is 8/10 of 1 degree in 200 years what you call AGW?
What model predicted in the year 2000 that in ten years the co2 would increase and temperatures not jump?
What a load of old cobblers. These people should be arrested for terrorism. Yes that's right trying to terrorize the public for their own gain.
It's a con and and a hoax.
Climate change is a natural phenomenon it has always ocurred and always will. So far I haven't heard him come up with a single piece of evidence for his position.
Take a look at this youtube video:
Global Warming US Cities Getting Warmer
There's been NO change in average temperature on the US mainland in over 100 years.
You are really full of false disinformation.
Average Global Land/Ocean Temperatures have risen 0.6C+ in just the last 35 years since 1975.
For more data & info on Temps., CO2 levels, Arctic sea ice, Antarctic & Greenland land ice losses, and global sea level rise, check:
NASA/GISS & NOAA
CRU & NASA, both measure global temps +0.16C per decade the last 35 years.
Dr. John Christy, world renown AGW denier at UAH, says average RISE in global temps. for the last 35 years was +0.14C per decade. OMG, a discrepancy of 0.02C per decade? What a scandal.
For the latest SCIENTIFIC YouTubes see:
Monckton Bunkum Part 1 - Global cooling and melting ice
Unwinding "Hide the Decline"
Australia has a very large COAL industry.
The corporate rich now OWN our politicians, both locally & in Washington.
The Supreme Court "Citizen's United" decision reversed 100 years of legal precedent giving corporations the right to use stockholder's money to give unlimited campaign donations.
Predatory corporations like BP, EXXON, Goldman Sachs, & Halliburton care only about deregulation, dodging taxes, short-term profits, and BIG BONUSES.
America has become a corporate Plutocracy, "Of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations"
Mark is a journalism guy. Do not confuse him with someone who is open minded or understands math, science, and history.
No need to fear!
Read about the Eemian 130,000 - 114,000 before present
Maybe the Holocene climatic optimum 9,000 - 5,000 Before Present
and let us not forget the medieval warm period about 1,000 years ago!
If you think you were hoaxed or hoodwinked by CO2 fear-mongers!
Forget about it! Move on. That's right move on--
Temperatures and sea levels have been higher and have been lower.
It has happened before and it will happen again.
By the way when was the sea level and temperature perfect?
What year, what decade? What century?
Remember Ben Franklin told us that a person convinced against their will was as if not convinced at all so==== MOVE ON
Lesson learned about Hoax and fear-mongers!
Unless you attribute the Eemian, Holocene, Medieval warm period, and the period from 1940 to 1970 when CO2 went up and temperatures dropped etcetera etcetera to a vast right wing conspiracy to test your belief and faith in Al and the AGW model of the universe!
every 30 years the earth switches from warming to cooling and back. we had cooling from 1940 to 1970 and the worry then was ice ages. now we had warming from 1970 to 2000 and the worry was CO2. we are now started cooling as can be seen by the recent winters.
the problem for many young people is that have not lived though the full 60 year climate cycle. they can be manipulated using fear to part with their future paychecks in the name of saving the planet.
the author in this case has been manipulated by fear of his daughter's future without understanding that in the US the killer is cold and poverty.