Tuesday Feb. 14, Seth Shostak and Eugene Mirman Get Real About Climate Change
On this week’s episode of StarTalk All-Stars, veteran host Seth Shostak and co-host Eugene Mirman invite guest Ken Caldeira, climate scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science, for a serious discussion about climate change.
One of my favorite Carl Sagan quotes is, “It’s far better to grasp the universe how it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”
That’s what this week’s episode is all about, getting down to the truth of climate change: what’s happening, how it’s happening, and what we can do about it.
With Ken in the house, strap in for sharp discussion on all aspects of climate change. Hear how the U.S. has played a big leadership role in the development of climate-friendly infrastructure around the world, at least until now. Explore the consequences of rising sea levels for the near term and far in the future. You’ll also discover how the future of climate science lies not in studying the problem of climate change, but in the experimentation and discovery of solutions to fix it.
However, this being StarTalk, it’s not all science and no fun. Eugene offers ideas on different ways to use coal, oil and gas, for example… a hand cream, and that he’s rather ok with Florida might succumbing to the rising sea levels of the future.
Ken reveals how many trees it would take to reverse the damage already done by the destruction of the rain forests. (Hint…it’s quite a lot.)
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