Wednesday, January 25, 2017
The Word From the Nerd
I follow Beckwith on YouTube. He's a big poster of videos, often 3 or 4-part series, on the latest in climate science news. In his own awkward style he discusses what science is uncovering and explains what it means to you and me.
Of late he's been focusing a lot on the mayhem underway in the Arctic which, for good reason, Beckwith calls a "climate emergency." He calls it that because, well, it is.
Of course Beckwith isn't some solitary voice in the wilderness. There's no shortage of climate scientists shouting the very same dire warnings. Yet there's no commensurate sense of urgency wafting down from Parliament Hill. No, we've got a leader up there who is positively giddy over Donald Trump's decision to drive through the Keystone XL pipeline.
Most recent offerings are a 3-part series on "Food Disruption, Climate Change, and Ocean Sources of Food." There's another 3-parter on "Arctic Ocean Sea-Floor Methane Farts" that's a real gas (sorry, I'm sorry). Beckwith offers a 4-part series on global sea level rise. He also explains the significance of the recent Arctic Report Card and discusses ocean acidification. Be sure to check out "Our Climate Change Emergency and Three-Legged Barstool Survival."
The good news. Paul Beckwith is no Guy McPherson. The University of Arizona professor emeritus has been taking to YouTube and the lecture circuit with the message that the end is well and truly nigh as in within 10 years. Beckwith stops well short of that but his message is clear - we are in a grave climate emergency and doing what our prime minister is doing is not an option if we want a world for our grandkids to live in. It's just that simple.