Dr James Hansen's address on climate change.

13 May 2011

Dr Hansen is one of the world's most eminent climate scientists. He is adjunct professor at the University of Columbia's Earth Institute, and director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

Over 500 turned up to hear Dr James Hansen's public lecture.  If you missed out on this opportunity (or you want to hear the address again) click on the link below.

Lecture Abstract

A huge gap exists between what is understood about climate change and what is known about climate change - understood by the relevant scientific community and known by the people who need to know, the public. Because of the nature of the climate system - its “inertia” and “tipping points” - the matter is more urgent than is apparent, and policies that governments propose to address it are nearly useless.

The intergenerational injustice raises a profound moral issue, as greenwashing governments worldwide feign ignorance of the actual situation and the fecklessness of their policies.

The tragedy is compounded by the fact that a simple honest solution is possible -- one that stimulates the economy, phases out fossil fuel addiction, and stabilises climate -- but it would require putting the public’s interest above that of special financial interests that hold sway in national capitals around the world.

Potential legal remedies, to force governments to do their job, will be tested. But what may be most effective would be to find a government, any government, to stand up in international circles and tell the truth.

 

View the lecture.

Link though to national radio for Dr Hansen's interview with Kim Hill

You can also read the NZ Herald article on Dr Hansen.