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Humor among scientists

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  1. Bud

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    These two videos revolve around Art Rosenfeld, who has had two important careers: as a prominent nuclear physicist and as an extremely successful conservationist. A Berkeley symposium in his honor featured this episode with Joe Romm, a famous climate scientist and plug-in vehicle proponent, who at one point talks about hurricanes becoming a reality in the heavily populated areas of the northeast USA, flooding subway systems, etc.

    Energy Symposium: The Rosenfeld Effect - Session Five - YouTube

    It may be topical, since one of those storms now seems to be on its way,

    Murray Gell-Mann - Physicist - A brush with the CIA - Web of Stories is a story about Art by Murray Gell-Mann, probably the most accomplished physicist alive.
     
  2. Bearman

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    Great stuff, thanks!
     
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    Funny, but hard to laugh due to the sobering nature of the data being presented.
     
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    I viewed session five in its entirety. The human race is screwing itself. It's like we're the frog in the pot and the frog is also turning up the heat that will eventually boil itself to extinction. And the frog leaders are pretending there's nothing wrong.
     
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    Yes, just a larger version of Easter Island.
     
  6. Bud

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    For those who don’t care to watch the video above, here’s a brief introduction. Hurricanes are threshold events. They don’t happen without high enough sea surface temperatures. They have a self-limiting feature in that they churn up colder water below the surface, reducing their power. With global warming, hurricanes can and have been sustained longer and have taken place in a larger range of areas, and in a larger range of times of year.

    We’re doing essentially nothing about global warming. Because many of the effects will be irreversible, if we persist in our apathy the ocean warming will continue and continue, and the ongoing huge reduction of polar ice mass will continue to produce substantial sea level rise. Those two factors will ultimately make impossible the protection of low-lying population centers, e.g. in the US northeast and southeast. Some of them have miles of subways and tunnels, which will be flooded. Many population centers will eventually have to be abandoned.

    So, global climate change is more troublesome than just polar bears going hungry, and ice melting thousands of miles away in unpopulated areas, and eventual disruption of agriculture by droughts and floods.
     
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