Scientist Richard Alley is the guy behind “Earth the Operators Manual” on PBS, and he’s one of the best communicators on climate science around.
Alley has followed his PBS show up with a new series of short Youtube videos intended to supply social media with something you can share and link to. It’s for those you know with their heads in the sand (like my dad) — so of course it is called “How to Talk to An Ostrich.”
They’re all here, but here are a couple of samples.
Alley describes how 19th Century Americans burned through forests and then moved on to hunt all the nearby whales close to extinction — “we burned the whales to light the evenings!” What happens if we burn through all the coal and oil, and — especially — America’s new fuel: shale gas?
You say: “Earth’s Climate Changes Gradually… We Can Easily Adapt.” Alley says: “Maybe, maybe not… because sometimes climate goes over the edge, and quickly. Perhaps we’d better take out some insurance.”
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