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James Hansen Chapel Hill

James Hansen Chapel Hill

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Published by Cliff Lyon
James Hansen, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, was at UNC as the Frey Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. Full Audio http://www.350slc.org/resources/view/143896/

He presented the scientific arguments documenting global climate change over time as well as the impact of human contributions to it. Then he discussed why he opposes the "cap-and-trade" policy proposal to regulate carbon emissions, and favors instead a "fee and dividend" proposal that would tax carbon and distribute the tax revenues to the public so citizens could make their homes and businesses more energy-efficient and make use of alternatives to non-fossil fuel energy.
James Hansen, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, was at UNC as the Frey Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. Full Audio http://www.350slc.org/resources/view/143896/

He presented the scientific arguments documenting global climate change over time as well as the impact of human contributions to it. Then he discussed why he opposes the "cap-and-trade" policy proposal to regulate carbon emissions, and favors instead a "fee and dividend" proposal that would tax carbon and distribute the tax revenues to the public so citizens could make their homes and businesses more energy-efficient and make use of alternatives to non-fossil fuel energy.

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Global Climate ChangeWhat Must We DoNow?*
James Hansen
1 February 2010
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
 
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Statements relating to policy are
 
Global Warming Status
1.Knowledge Gap Between
- What is Understood (scientists)
- What is Known (public)
2.Planetary Emergency
- Climate Inertia
Warming in Pipeline- Tipping Points
Could Lose Control
3.Bad News & Good News
- Safe Level of CO
2
< 350 ppm- Multiple Benefits of Solution
 
Climate Tipping Points
1.Ice Sheet Disintegration
- Ocean Warming
Ice Shelves Melt
Ice Streams Surge
Disintegration
2.Species Extermination
- Shifting Climate Zones, MultipleStresses, Species Interdependencies
3.Methane Hydrate ‘frozen methane’
- In Tundra & On Continental Shelves- Depends On Ocean & Ice Sheets

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