I’ll be interviewed by Stephanie Zvan regarding the current status of climate change research, what’s happening in the climate these days, with a special focus on climate change denialism, this coming Sunday morning on Minnesota Atheists Talk Radio.
There are a lot of interesting things going on with the science as well as the politics. This is the time of year the Arctic Sea ice starts to break up an melt. Will we have a record year of open water? What are the implications of Arctic Sea ice breakup? Is it really true that the Arctic was as free of ice in 1944 as it is now? A recent paper verifies something we’ve suspected for some time: The current warming exceeds anything we’ve seen prior during the Holocene. There may have been a few warmer years some time during the last 10,000 years, but probably not, and certainly, there have not been warmer centuries, or possibly, decades. But this research has been attacked by climate change denialists. What’s going on with those attacks? A major current issue is the Keystone XL pipeline. Should it be built? Perhaps we’ll talk about that. There have been recent (tongue in cheek but still obnoxious) calls for climate scientists to be put on trial and possibly executed, because the “global warming hoax” might cost money and kill people. Is there a valid argument there? Famous climate change science denialist Christopher Monkton, who may or may not have been one of Maggie Thatcher’s top advisers, has recently stated that he’s getting out of the climate skeptics business. Is he really? Why? Will we miss him? (Hint: We will miss him terribly!)
If you have any questions about climate change, feel free to post them below. I’ll allow any comments that do not involve death threats, so if you are one of the climate science denialists that I normally don’t allow to post here, go ahead, let’s see what you’ve got. I’ll address your question during the radio show assuming there is time. I’ll make an honest effort.
We may also have a chance to talk about the strange and enigmatic link that seems to be growing between the usual kinds of skeptics who affiliate with atheism and climate change denialists. It is a small phenomenon but a potentially interesting one.
Talk to you on Sunday!