Stanford: Climate Change Lectures

Stanford UniversityAnother interesting series of five lectures from Stanford‘s Continuing Studies program (from January/February 2010) presented as a YouTube playlist.

These lectures are on the issues surrounding climate change  from the scientific, sociological, and the political perspectives. Below the embedded video (of the playlist) are the descriptions and direct links to the individual lectures/talks as contained in the playlist.

Interestingly the lectures themselves show (as well as talk about) some of the stress that is involved around both the science and moving forward from a political standpoint (by lecturers becoming unavailable and last minute changes to the lecture program due to the Copenhagen summit taking place). The last lecture gives an insider perspective of the summit itself and its organizational challenges (which were not met).

The General Public: Why Such Resistance?

Ben Santer, a research scientist from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, discusses the recent problems with the use of the freedom of information act for non-US citizens to demand complete records, including emails, on scientific research projects. Santer posits that this is a dangerous dilemma that will ultimately inhibit scientific research.

Identifying the Facts, Values, Lies, and Fiction

Terri Root, Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment, discusses her meta-analysis of scientific research on animals affected by temperature change and she states that the time has come for scientists to do more than research and write papers, but to also start proposing creative and innovative solutions.

Climate Change: Is the Science “Settled”?

Stephen Schneider, professor of biology at Stanford and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, unpacks the political and scientific debates surrounding climate change.

Copenhagen: The Meeting and its Consequences (1)

Meg Caldwell, Stanford Director of Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy Program, discusses the results of the Copenhagen negotiations as well as explaining the troubles facing the oceans and their inhabitants.

Copenhagen: The Meeting and its Consequences (2)

Kristie Ebi, Executive Director for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), discusses the complexity of environmental and governmental difficulties in creating a multinational climate adaptation agreement.

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