Expecting the Unexpected: Abrupt Climate Change

Published on Feb 13, 2014 Senior Scientists discuss the potential […]

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February 13, 2014

Published on Feb 13, 2014 Senior Scientists discuss the potential for sudden disruptions of human and natural systems as a consequence of climate change.

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  1. SierraActivist February 13, 2014 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    You may be hearing more and more about the concept of “abrupt #climate change.” Abrupt climate change — a term and issue not often discussed even
    among many climatologists just a few years ago — is getting increased
    attention, in part stemming from a recent National Research Council report
    on the issue.

  2. Smaakjeks Kjeks February 13, 2014 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    If only the climate change deniers were right…

  3. Talladega Tom February 13, 2014 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Another great video Peter!
    How obvious will this problem have to be before the far right admits that
    Al Gore was in fact right?
    I have had heated discussions (no pun intended) with some of those
    knuckleheads who, like the faithful, refuse to admit the evidence before
    them no matter what.
    The AGW deniers at this point continue to have their fingers firmly stuck
    in their ears while screaming “I can’t hear you!”.
    What aggravates me is that we COULD have done something tangible to address
    the changing climate years ago.
    But we failed because so many were politically corrupted and remain
    scientifically ignorant.
    By the time everyone finally gets it, it will be far too late.
    It kinda already is. :(
    Thanks for letting me vent.

  4. Joy King February 13, 2014 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Sea level rise is starting to show up all over…….

    By the time current children have children, there will be AT LEAST a 4-6
    foot rise in sea level. 150 million people will be displaced at a 3 ft
    rise. Electricity supplies are affected at a 4 ft rise. Help me promote
    Solar Parking Lots. It’ll keep us moving (electric vehicles if you please)
    while we accept and adjust.

  5. John LightRider February 13, 2014 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    We Must

  6. Collin Maessen February 13, 2014 at 7:38 pm - Reply
  7. manoffireandlight February 13, 2014 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    Peter, the BBC wildlife report is from Norfolk, which is on the East coast!

  8. Jeremiah Osborne-Gowey February 13, 2014 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    You may be hearing more and more about the concept of “abrupt #climate change.” Abrupt climate change — a term and issue not often discussed even among many climatologists just a few years ago — is getting increased attention, in part stemming from a recent National Research Council report on the issue.

  9. Domjrl February 14, 2014 at 4:26 am - Reply

    If I may be allowed to speak freely, I’m worried that these messages are falling upon deaf ears or at the very least preaching to the choir. I’ve looked at the number of views that these videos have garnered and I have to say 20,000 plus views is dismal. These are issues which could change the face of the map internationally let alone the physical damages to life and property that could result from this man made disaster playing out in slow motion. D News Science Friction video got more views in 1 day than the Permafrost A Ticking Time Bomb video got in 11 months!

    If this isn’t a PR disaster on an epic scale than it surely isn’t a sign of success. I love these videos and I can’t wait for the next one you and your team produce, but I feel like I am not the kind of people you need to be reaching. If we wish to be the force that drives dramatic change in the world in which we live it seems prudent to have a modicum of public support and perhaps, better yet, outcry. Getting the public riled up properly can, perhaps, be achieved by framing the argument as a moral dilemma instead of a intellectual debate. I feel like the data is firmly on the side of supporting the existence of human produced climate change so perhaps the debate should also shift.

    Just one man’s opinions. Thanks again for the great video. I hope to see more in the future!

  10. Nick Benik February 14, 2014 at 11:24 am - Reply

    We know from the geological record that abrupt climate change is the norm. What we don’t know is when or where that tipping point is for our current climate and what the end point stage looks like. We know the climate is changing. This is real and it’s affecting us now, today.

  11. Thomas Maffei February 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    We know from the geological record that abrupt climate change is the norm. What we don’t know is when or where that tipping point is for our current climate and what the end point stage looks like. We know the climate is changing. This is real and it’s affecting us now, today.

  12. Gerald Spezio February 16, 2014 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Even though we are doomed, let’s keep fighting for truth until the end.

  13. pigeonpsycho February 16, 2014 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    alarmist bullshit. yes all sorts of doom would occur if there was enough co2 in the atmosphere, but the alarmists have exaggerated their claims

  14. Astrostevo February 18, 2014 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    Scary stuff, excellent clip, thanks.

  15. stephen green February 27, 2014 at 6:48 am - Reply

    Science is looking more and more like a pile of propaganda which denies itself ….astronomers point to whats happening to the solar system and the sun but climate science denies this data.

  16. 1000frolly February 27, 2014 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    “Dr” Grette 4:22 claiming 1-2m sea level rise by 2100 is alarmist clap-trap. That won’t and can’t happen. To see ‘environmentalists’ crying crocodile tears over a dead bird in a natural storm is disgusting when those same people are building thousands of useless, expensive windmills that kill millions of birds, many of which are protected species; Wind Farms Destroy the Environment 1: WILDLIFE DESTRUCTION This latest effort by Greenman is (unsurprisingly) an offensive video full of total bullshit.

  17. Maree Walks March 2, 2014 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    please lose the irritating music, unable to hear what is being said

  18. Bernie Zelvis March 6, 2014 at 2:41 am - Reply

    1000frolly it’s not useful to call scientists names, you are a very silly troll, your sham rage is tiresome. Rather than blurting second hand rhetoric it would be better you look at data… Not the data served up by Murdochs dodgy newspapers, real data. NSW premier and denier Barry O’Farrell has instructed local councils to dismiss IPCC sea level rise predictions in order to maintain high property prices in risky areas. The Australian took up the the story and with a little cherry picking and dodgy maths concluded that the IPCC has overstated sea level rise by 10 times.

    IPCC don’t do research, Deniers appear to be unaware of this. No problem, the CSIRO does do research. Sea level rise off the coast of NSW is 6mm per year and increasing… That’s double the global average… 600mm by centuries end presuming no increase in rate which there certainly will be. The O’Farrells of this world put local councils in a bind. They need to do due diligence because they have a duty of care to property owners who could sue them if they don’t include the latest intelligence and policies on SLR.

  19. busguy100 March 8, 2014 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    A ship of fools on this video

  20. EcoManDan March 9, 2014 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    A Great Video. It is wonderful having scientists talking versus politicians and church groupies.

  21. alberto m March 13, 2014 at 7:31 am - Reply

    climate change is propaganda? go back and watch some more fox news and listen to some more rush fat fuck limbaugh or how ever you spell that asshole’s name. corporate fuckers are the only ones denying climate change because it will affect their profits.

  22. Tessa Schlesinger March 15, 2014 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    We know from the geological record that abrupt climate change is the norm. What we don’t know is when or where that tipping point is for our current climate and what the end point stage looks like. We know the climate is changing. This is real and it’s affecting us now, today.

  23. Paul Whyte March 20, 2014 at 2:48 am - Reply

    This is a measured discussion that matches the peer reviewed literature that I have been reading. Those who think that this is some how extreme simply have not read science enough. The mass media has completely dropping the ball on this issue. This is the big issue of this hundred years!

  24. Joe Hallam March 25, 2014 at 2:55 am - Reply

    CO2 is not the driver of our climate, the sun is, CO2 is a very precious
    trace gas, of which we need more of, NOT less. Only a moron thinks CO2 is a
    magical demon that can cause hot or cold, flood or drought!

  25. laurejon March 29, 2014 at 6:08 am - Reply

    The Keystone XL Pipeline is a proposed 1,179-mile (1,897 km), 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline beginning in Hardisty, Alta., and extending south to Steele City, Neb. This pipeline is a critical infrastructure project for the energy security of the United States and for strengthening the American economy.

    Along with transporting crude oil from Canada, the Keystone XL Pipeline will also support the significant growth of crude oil production in the United States by allowing American oil producers more access to the large refining markets found in the American Midwest and along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

  26. Community ARK Project March 31, 2014 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Does it matter whether global warming is due to man made or natural causes? The devastating effects are still the same. It’s like wasting resource and time arguing over whether the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant disaster is cause by nature or by human negligence, the effects are still the same. So if the elites, having access to think tanks and vast number of scientists, have figured out that the environment is going to collapse; and they are preparing by building underground cities and seed vault for themselves using public tax money. Why aren’t the common folks taking lesson from them, pool resources and do the same to prepare? It’s like sitting around and watching Noah as he build his ark and not take the hint. Food for thoughts. This is a gathering call. For more info, check out the “about” section of the Project channel. We all have the freedom of choice, to either be like the grasshopper or be like the ants in the face of the coming environmental collapse.

  27. Cecilia Herzog April 23, 2014 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    Scary present and terrible future ahead if we don’t change our habits: care
    for life instead of possessions.

  28. Gregor Metzler May 9, 2014 at 7:13 am - Reply
  29. Ken Hunter May 15, 2014 at 5:25 am - Reply

    PIGEONPSYCHOtic; the claims are not exaggerated, you’re in denial of
    reality.
    You don’t have to display you’ve a pigeon sized IQ in public. It’s simply
    impolite.
    How DID you learn to type? Are you one of the ‘million monkeys’?
    At least your get to die with the rest of us so babylon if you want to.
    Your babblings make no difference at all, your opinions: useless. The
    timeline has just been discovered to be much shorter. Some of us became
    aware of its magnitude when the Russians reported their permafrost
    melting…and their arctic ocean bubbling, but nobody who was building
    climate models bothered to figure in the methane. OOPS!

  30. Jan Galkowski June 4, 2014 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    Ah, the same old Students of Rat Entrails, +1000frolly and +pigeonpsycho,
    seen over and over again on these YouTube videos. I say, there are people
    out there deeply invested in companies and jobs and lifestyles which depend
    upon using our collective atmosphere as a sewer for their products. 2% of
    the Earth’s population is responsible for putting out 50% of the CO2, and
    even fewer benefit from the proceeds of companies which do that. Just read
    Exxon-Mobil’s report. *They* say their own scientists tell them climate
    change is real and dangerous, and they expect a number higher than the mean
    IPCC number by 2050, 6-7 degrees Fahrenheit increase. But they just don’t
    believe the average American is willing to pay the increased energy costs
    to avoid that, and, so, they say, their profits are safe, as are their
    energy reserves.

  31. plank ton June 11, 2014 at 2:31 am - Reply

    the “Earth’s thermostat”? What is this — 1st grade?

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