Challenging Climate

7. Gavin Schmidt on observing, attributing and communicating climate change

April 05, 2022 Jesse Reynolds and Pete Irvine Episode 7
Challenging Climate
7. Gavin Schmidt on observing, attributing and communicating climate change
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We speak with Dr. Gavin Schmidt, climate scientist, director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies and co-founder of the RealClimate climate science blog. Gavin’s research focuses on understanding the past, present and future of the climate system and the impacts of the various drivers of climate change. In this episode we take a deep dive on the science of climate change covering how it is observed, detected and attributed. Along the way Gavin debunks several climate skeptic talking points and discusses the changing challenges of climate communication.

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Welcome and Gavin’s background
calculating global-mean temperature
why human influence on the climate is now unequivocal
how the global warming hiatus evaporated
pollution, volcanoes and variations in the sun
The climate of the past
Did James Hansen jump the gun?
Is climate denial dead?
What is the legitimate scope of debate for climate action?
Is there too much focus on worst case scenarios in journalism and activism?
Wrap-up