Carbon Curves (12/11/13)

"Climate change is not some academic thing, it's pervasive – you see the signs of change everywhere,” said Ben Santer, a climate scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. “It’s profoundly sad that future generations may not experience the coral reefs or these fragile, high alpine environments in the same way that we did, and we’ve experienced these changes over a human lifetime.” Santer joined Jane Lubchenco, former administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to discuss extreme weather and the future of the warming planet. While hurricane and tsunamis will become more intense, heat waves are among the most damaging natural disasters, according to Lubchenco. But there’s still hope. “Many more people are beginning to see climate not as an economic issue, not as a political issue, but as a moral issue,” Lubchenco said. “Changing the way we think about the problem, I think, is part of the solution.” Jane Lubchenco, Former Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ben Santer, Climate Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club of California on December 11, 2013 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

by Climate One