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03/22/2015

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Katherine Hodges

Prior to watching Professor Greer's talk, I was relatively unfamiliar with the nuances of climate and climate change. Her discussion of the feedbacks loops and the ocean circulation in particular were very educational.
So here's my thoughts for discussion tomorrow in class: if we have all of this information on climate change, historical changes, and a good understanding of most of the anthropogenic causes of this rapid climate change, what are practical steps to changing policy? We know that cutting CO2 is beneficial, but if we can't implement lasting and effective policy, the warming of the earth at this rate will continue.
It doesn't seem like it is an argument of convincing the general population that rapid climate change is occurring anymore. Nowadays, many agree even if they are reluctant. How can economists, politicians, geologists, climatologists, etc. work to affect beneficial change.

Mary Frances White

I've seen this talk twice and I love the way she explains it to such a wide audience. I also really like how she brought a little bit of politics into it and connected the two. I'm really interested in the deeper science behind the cycles of climate we go through. I know we touched on it in class yesterday, but I would also like to understand the politics behind the 'cycles' and what make this time different.

Ale Paniagua

I find it very interesting and sad how there is a disconnect between scientific data and facts, and the common knowledge of the population about climate in general, and how our actions are effecting such a complex system. I believe this disconnect is partially due to people not being able or willing to acquire data and most importantly not being able to understand it. I believe the scientific community must make this information more public in a way that everyone can understand and then derive their own thoughts and beliefs after they have been informed. I believe this could address some of the "myths" or beliefs we have about global climate change and most importantly, the impacts these changes will have in the future. I think it would be interesting to discuss in class how we as a society could turn global climate change into an opportunity to change human behaviour, such as our dependancy on fossil fuels, and monetize these changes into long-term solutions to reach a stable environment. It would be interesting to analyse how incentives to address these issues can affect markets and countries economies. I would also find it interesting to evaluate how making scientific data more accessible and available affect policy and how that can also have an impact on markets and economies worldwide.

Matthew Moore

After listening to this lecture and knowing that the issue is settled, it's interesting to hear politicians still either ignore or rebut climate science. Whether it's the Florida governor banning the words 'climate change' or Ted Cruz calling people who accept climate change 'flat earthers,' it's is interesting that these people can either ignore the vast body of scientific research or simply cherry pick some of it to support their world view. I'm not sure it would have any effect, but they should watch this lecture.

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