Would you like to improve your knowledge of climate change? Have you ever wished you were better equipped to argue climate change at the dinner table – or when it was raised with friends, colleagues, clients, politicians? Media reports are often conflicting, and even if you instinctively know where you sit on the climate change spectrum – it can be difficult to articulate a convincing scientific argument to support this position because the issues are so complex.
As David Attenborough says, to thoroughly understand climate change you need to have a degree in Climatology and Masters in Astrophysics.
This series of ten short blogs aims to provide a simple collection of the best articles, videos, podcasts etc… from experts around the world, who explain the main aspects of climate change in order for us to gain a basic understanding of the science.
I should also quickly introduce myself – having grown up in rural Australia where there is considerable distrust around the science – yet my own grandmother (who was a country woman and scientist), wrote about the impacts of global warming in the 1960’s. So I feel a sense of obligation as a global citizen, voter and mum to try and understand what our scientists are telling us…..
The first expert I would like to reference will provide an overview of climate change issues and is known by some as the ‘grandfather’ of climate change, James Hansen. In this TED talk entitled “Why I must speak out about climate change”, (17 mins), he discusses both the science and the fact that it has not been communicated well by scientists.
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