The Science Behind Greenhouse Gasses and Climate Change

program: 
The Digital Divide
program date: 
Fri, 12/11/2009

The corporate media has created a frenzy around leaked emails between climate scientists.  Meanwhile, global leaders and community activists convernge in Copenhagen.  Yet this month we take a step away from the politics to look at the science behind studying climate change.  While the concept of global warming has emerged from once being viewed as an unfounded cause from the environmental left to now a global concern unifying the naitons of the world, sceptics still claim that "bad science" is being used to support this effort.

We hear from Andrew Rice, a professor of physics at Portland State University who studies greenhouse gasses, to learn exactly what concepts and techniques scientists have used to produce data that supports the evidence that climate change is occuring in direction that will negativly impact the planet.  He and his students have been comparing the carbon dioxide levels of Portland's atmosphere to surrounding regions, as well as studying the carbon footprint of PSU.

Scientific Resources
Environmental Protection Agency's Findings
Oregon's Strategy for Greenhouse Gas Reductions
RealClimate Blog by Climate Scientists
Opinion Study of Climate Scientists
YouTube Video Series Explaining Basics and Debunking Myths

Activism Resources
56 Newspapers Publish Editorial Calling for Action
Rising Tide
Climate Justice Action

 
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