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IPCC Contributor Ron Sass on Climate Change

Ron Sass, Ph.D.
"Global Change By Humans: Narrowing Choices For Our Future Climate"

Free Admission
8th in First UU's annual Priestley Lecture Series

Our climate is changing more rapidly than at any other time in the Earth's history. The average temperature of the world is increasing, with extreme weather events becoming more common. Humans are causing this by excess emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases; other factors, such as small variations in solar output, are vastly outweighed by the changing chemistry of the atmosphere.

As human populations continue to grow, our strategies for energy sources and conservation form a driving choice for our quality of life on the future Earth.

Dr. Sass is currently the Fellow in Global Climate Change at the James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. During more than five decades as a chemistry and biology professor, his research has included wetland sources of biogenic greenhouse trace gases and the role of methane in particular. He has consulted for the EPA and worked with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, sharing as a member of the IPCC in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Slides from the talk are available on the First UU website, and with luck we'll have a video link as well, soon.
    http://firstuu.org/science.php

    1 · January 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, absolutely! We can even caption it if there's a video--to make it available to the hearing impaired.

      January 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Love the dogs, Penny, that's usually what my pics look like--I have 4 Italian Greyhounds. Beth McLaughlin

      January 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Houston Oasis had a session on global warming the same day, and you may be interested in those ideas of how to react and respond to the reality of climate change.

    Hilary Ritz on cognitive dissonance:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBmdo8kiNJc
    Stephanie Thomas, Ph.D. paleoclimatologist, on the big picture of mass extinctions and our place in changing the world:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uacT2iNZQ8w

    January 21, 2014

  • Ken

    I'd also highly recommend Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum by Bill Ruddiman, Under a Green Sky by Peter Ward, and to get an overview of planetary systems, watch the PBS Nova program Earth from Space. We need more satellites to get as much info on this wicked problem (check the wiki on wicked problems) while there is still time to do so. It's like quitting smoking, will we quit in time?

    January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    There's some good books on the subject: HOT, by Mark Hertsgaard, Climate Wars, by Gwynne Dyer, and Climate Cover-up, by James Hoggan.

    January 19, 2014

  • Carmen D.

    Paul,
    I thought the lecture was great, if a little rushed. Is there any way to get a copy of the slide show? Thanks for organizing thus lecture.

    January 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ron Sass will give me a copy of his slides, and I can forward, just drop me a note via Meetup.com (that will forward to my normal email, and provide me with your address to send back to). We may also have a recording, will have to see how that turns out.

      January 19, 2014

    • Carmen D.

      Sorry. It's [masked]

      January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent, great capacity to explain quick, simple, clearly and to the point.

    January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    clear and informative presentation on a very important topic

    January 19, 2014

  • Teresa

    Don't agree with all of his points, but he gave well prepared and enjoyable lecture.

    January 19, 2014

  • Sandy A.

    Very thought provoking.

    January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    There seems to be no serious scientific doubt as to the reality of anthropogenic climate change.

    However, the resulting technological, economic and social challenges are huge. I don't think Dr. Sass's projections and suggestions will make anyone completely happy, but I'll take any constructive proposals as more hopeful than sticking one's head in the sand.

    January 4, 2014

    • Lou J

      Hi Teresa, your profile states that you are a nuclear engineer, not a scientist. They are different. Yes you have more science background that most people, but the training for engineers is very different than for scientists and that starts almost immediately in the undergraduate intro courses.

      January 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hard evidence on warming and atmosphere is mostly from ice cores. Pollen and sediments can also give an idea of paleoclimate. I don't think pre-Enlightenment record thinking is trusted for much scientific data beyond the occasional nova or eclipse.

      January 19, 2014

  • John M.

    And for those who suggest that comments about events is not a location for debate or insults. Vote your wishes by not showing up at events or commenting (after attending) that you liked or did not like the event and why. I also might note that the group is defined by a love of science and is not really a place for science deniers ... there are many other great meetup groups for those folks.

    January 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's a talk by Dr. Sass, not a debate, probably between 30 and 50 minutes long, followed by Q&A, then a reception -- aiming to get to that, in the adjacent hall, by about 2:45. So there's plenty of time for discussion as well as listening!

    1 · January 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this an informational and problem solving speech, or a debate?

    January 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be there with the "Houston Liberals" meetup group.

    January 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI this is marathon weekend, so, depending on where you are coming from, you may need to change your route...

    1 · January 16, 2014

  • A former member
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    January 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Bob Carter Publications

      According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Carter has published over 50 original research in peer-reviewed journals mainly in the area of stratigraphy, the study of rock layers and layering. Carter's articles on global warming have largely appeared in economics journals, rather than mainstream science journals. "if he [Carter] has any evidence that [global warming over the past 100 years] is a natural variability he should publish through the peer review process."http://www.desmogblog...­. The video I posted pointed in the direction of several peer-reviewed climate Scientist.

      January 6, 2014

    • Teresa

      Again, venue, peer review, consensus, etc. are not what matters. What matters is this. DOES the hypothesis pass or fail when tested?

      January 10, 2014

  • Dan

    I am hopeful the talk is as lively as the polarized viewpoints posted in these comments.

    1 · January 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Not surprised.

      January 6, 2014

    • Teresa

      My surgery was delayed, so I WILL be there! I plan to ask good questions.

      January 10, 2014

  • maggie

    I wonder if those of you debating this issue
    realize that you are taking up others
    peoples memeory on their computers or
    smart phones. I think if you feel so
    strongly abt this issue that you feel it
    needs to be an ongping discussion why
    don't you get the emails of those who wish
    to discuss this and make it a private
    discussion rather than dragging everyone
    attached to the elist into this debate
    creating problems for others by clogging
    their devices memories with this debate. I
    am sure there's going to be time for this at
    the meeting. While I know most people in
    the group are highly educated and
    knowledgable. Becoming a poluter of
    others computer emails demonstrartes a
    lack of respect for others in the group.
    Please get each others emails and do your
    own chat room.

    1 · January 5, 2014

    • DC

      Non sense!! You all comment-emails clogged our inbox day after day!! It is very selfish and rude to TELL the REST of us to "turn off the group comment notification." It is the FEW of you involved in the this debit should do something else about it - just go to each other's profile and send an email from there. I suggest the organizer to step in and make sure the rest of us would not be bothered any further on the SAME issue.

      January 6, 2014

    • DC

      Oh, I mean debate instead debit.

      January 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Let's take the climate change denial and debate elsewhere -- so that people can remain subscribed to this comment feed for event updates.

    For example, here are a few additional event details: the lecture will be somewhat under an hour, followed by Q&A. We expect the followup reception, with light refreshments, to start by 2:45.

    (The reception would be an excellent place for civil discussion.)

    If you feel you must make one more response here, please post only a short link to the web site that you feel best makes your case. That will save memory for folks following on mobile devices.

    January 5, 2014

    • Teresa

      I've said my piece. If I am well enough to go out on the 19th I will be there.

      January 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Teresa, I probably won't be making any more comments on the subject. But I will continue to read yours if you choose to post any. I do want to thank you for the interesting conversation, hopefully we can continue this at one of the meet up. I look forward to meeting you. Take care

    1 · January 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Maggie, you can turn off the group comment notification.

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to engage with anyone who has interest in casino games such as ROULETTE and possibly meet a person who can tell me have I stumbled onto a better/faster method than using BIASED NUMBERS???

    December 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Teresa...The scientific evidence is clear: global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now, and it is a growing threat to society

      January 3, 2014

    • Teresa

      No the scientific evidence is NOT clear that climate change is caused by human activities, much less that will necessarily cause catastrophe

      January 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities, and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.

    January 3, 2014

    • Teresa

      Argument from Authority. yawn.

      January 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    http://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus. The party line starting with NASA.

    January 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds interesting!

    December 29, 2013

  • Teresa

    Well, this should be entertaining...

    December 12, 2013

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