James Hansen: “Human-Made Climate Change: A Scientific, Moral and Legal Issue”

This is the lecture I recommend to my friends to start with, if they want a concise description of the science and the challenges that lies ahead. It is really a wonderful lecture by Dr. James Hansen aimed towards the general public.

The talk is called “Human-Made Climate Change: A Scientific, Moral and Legal Issue” and is ca 50 minutes long (it starts at 05:20 and ends at about 58:10, followed by Q&A). The talk was recorded at Hansen’s New Zealand tour in spring 2011 at the University of Otago, NZ.

The talk is also available as a podcast from iTunes U here:

From the iTunes U description: “Dr. James Hansen is the director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University?s Earth Institute. He is best known for bringing the urgency of the climate change issue to the world?s attention when he gave evidence to the US congress in 1988. Jeanette Fitzsimons, prominent NZ environmentalist, says: “Dr. Hansen is one of the best-known climate scientists in the world. He offers a recipe for how to achieve a stable climate that will be particularly relevant to New Zealand.” Held May 18, 2011.

The lecture draws much from the paper “The Case for Young People and Nature: A Path to a Healthy, Natural, Prosperous Future” by James Hansen, Pushker Kharecha, Makiko Sato, Paul Epstein, Paul J. Hearty, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Camille Parmesan, Stefan Rahmstorf, Johan Rockstrom, Eelco J.Rohling, Jeffrey Sachs, Peter Smith, Konrad Steffen, Karina von Schuckmann, James C. Zachos.

An interesting paper with an unusual title by a long list of distinguished authors. The paper can be downloaded here:  20110505_CaseForYoungPeople or from James Hansen’s homepage (you find it under 2011).


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