Climate activist says the heat is on

[n.b.: In this respect, see “China’s air pollution leading to more erratic climate for US, say scientists: Computer modelling showed intensification of US-bound Pacific storms, driven by fine aerosols from coal power plants and traffic,” by Jonathan Kalman, The Guardian, 4/15/14]

By Kendal Gapinski, Daily Local News, 04/11/14

WEST CHESTER — Climate change activist James E. Hansen spoke at West Chester University Thursday night as part of the school’s Research Day.

Hansen, who currently is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, spoke for around an hour Thursday followed by a question and answer session with audience members.

He spoke to a full crowd at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall at West Chester University as part of its 13th annual Research Day, a day for faculty and staff to show off projects they’re currently working on. The theme of Research Day this year was sustainability. Hansen gave the keynote speech on Thursday, called “Tenant Farming to White House Arrests: A Scientific Perspective on the Unfolding Climate Crisis.”

Hansen is best known for his work in climatology and advocacy for a solution for climate change. In 1988, he testified before Congress regarding the earth’s changing atmosphere, which many say is the first time the problem became known widespread.

He originally got started in climatology after first studying Venus under James Van Allen at the University of Iowa, he said, but eventually switched into studying the earth’s changing atmosphere.

“I decided this was a more interesting planet,” he said.

In recent years, Hansen has become more of an activist against climate change. In April 2013, Hansen retired from NASA in part to speak out more about the need for policy and legal changes to stop the damage from climate change.

Although he may be known as an activist, he said he does not consider himself one. Instead, he believes that as a scientist it is important to not only research climate change, but come up with conclusions based on what the facts show.

“I think scientists should be allowed to connect the dots,” he said.

During his speech, Hansen spoke to the crowd about the need for young people to push for action against climate change. He said that although the older generations were the ones who caused much of the damage to the climate, it is up to young adults, like the students in the crowd, to inspire change….

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