The hallways of San Francisco’s Moscone Center each early December are fertile grounds for planned and chance encounters with leading climate scientists.
Attending the American Geophysical Union’s 2012 Fall Meeting in early December, independent Michigan video producer Peter Sinclair clearly found that to be the case, and his most recent “This Is Not Cool” video produced for The Yale Forum provides witness.
Among the issues touched on in this new video featuring concise comments by eight scientists representing various climate research organizations:
- the accelerated state of permafrost degradation in Alaska;
- concentrations of carbon dioxide and methane and changes in the Arctic “much faster” than has been predicted by models;
- rapid melting of the Greenland ice sheet in 2012;
- periodic cool periods resulting from volcanic eruptions, but seen in the overall context of persistent greenhouse gas warming;
- a lesson to be learned from “Superstorm Sandy”: the vulnerability of human beings to climate changes still of a relatively modest scale given projections for the future;
- water vapor and upper-ocean heat content;
- potential sea-level rise of more than 1 meter by the end of the current century; and
- the multiple channels of evidence pointing to the warming of our climate and the causes of it.