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Climate Science Matters


Katharine Hayhoe (credit: PBS Digital Studios)


The basics of climate science have been known for nearly 200 years. Temperature calculations made in the 1880's, using only a pencil and paper, are very close to the predictive models made by super-computers in the 1980's.

Atmospheric researcher Katharine Hayhoe of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX explains why everyone should care about climate change and the science behind it. She presents reasons in ordinary language why everyone should pay attention:

"We all depend on this planet for the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and the places we live. It just makes sense to take care of it: to ensure that it continues to support us. That is the sensible, fiscally responsible, and most conservative thing to do, in the truest sense of the word."

Claiming that climate science is still being debated only delays practical and economic solutions to an existential problem known for decades. WHB

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