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Think Tank 5-8 1010am,Virginia Burkett

May 8, 2014|

Today on the Garland Robinette show: Recent reports say don't worry about climate change coming, it's already here. But as always "the really bad stuff" is decades away. Can the environmentalists get traction before it's too late, or is out all based on speculation and politics? Join garland and his special guest Virginia Burkett: Chief Scientist For Climate and Land Use Change at USGS (US. Geological Survey). She is the author of the international climate assessment report by the IPCC that was released last month.

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Bad bug bit different day and you think -- today. Couple of days ago when we were talking about fracking. On the North Shore in the opposition. In particular round -- during spring. Of one of our callers called in civil -- will be doing is going over to hydrogen. And I've mentioned that to you via basic problem was infrastructure. And without infrastructure -- good ideas it wouldn't work. -- -- And assemble in the -- homework and lo and behold. California is opening up. I think it's almost fifty. A hydrogen hi -- -- so to speak were within six minutes you can get to a hydrogen pump from and please and state. And then pulled up studies from Japan and it says. Hydrogen grade I did a lot of limitations in particular it is maybe -- with fossil fuel in the and I wrote another. White paper from Harvard. That idea but it we could you wouldn't power and solar rom that we might be able to do without fossil fuel cell. We'll talk to some experts. Try to figure out that this is viable. 11 o'clock hour once again we talk about privacy now facial recognition. Is all most year. And I think you'll in the real concerned or excited by the technology what it's being used for and what it is being planned -- This hour we talked about we're gonna talk about something. We talk about the issue many many times. Why am not sure because this is the cell and all you have do silly global change global warming. And the meter responses. That's a real I don't believe we don't need to anything. Well. Regardless it still some that I think we should get educated and just in case. People like me -- -- high school degree. Find something that they can actually use. And what the latest is national climate. Assessment released by the white outs Tuesday. And its made up of a number of scientists. And experts from all world portability. Internationalists. -- There's been conducted on the potential problems. And Louisiana is one and spotlighted says we're gonna billions of dollars in increased disaster cost as early as 2030. -- run not just the rising waters but also subside and something we don't think or talk about it and what the things that. Really caught alive because I grew up in cajun country. And an enormous area very well. And they talk about brand dial in port control if you -- bill and report crucial. It is one of the most sophisticated. And modern. Science aged technology. Four super tankers in giant tankers in. Oil industry transportation. In place in the world I mean is just spectacular. And there is one grow. One road that leads. And bullet point you've got to cool or repair. It is I mean it's so long in the west. Now. This is to meet. A little bit country thinks about this potential problem. The Department of Homeland Security. Looked at that from the scratch wrote one Euro in an area most people won't even know about. And they estimated that enough they need to shut down on them that broke. Would cost the country eight billion. -- just a nine days showed that. So far nothing's been done about. I think he quoted the scientists involved in and climate currently in use exchange. A Jewish Geological Survey is draw and his chief scientist in the matter of junior kept. Achieve is the author of the you know from climate assessment report by the IPC three. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- natural climate assessment -- White -- two run. Virginia thank you so much for joining us understand were a -- got a better getting out of bed and -- That's correct. But that's like that actually late afternoon here at the pleasure to talk he's very. Much appreciated him bird -- you know. -- often said to this audience. That we call the stink tank because it's truly not liberal or conservative in fact. -- control -- my conservative audience all the time because of we will look at both sides. And a total them up pulled a Wikipedia started this a lot. And adjust the terminology. Is beyond the when when you start looking at quote the approve of dips. What do you say to people that just. Don't have the education the bill would need to know why do you new low and and have to go by. Two of -- politicians who -- senators. There's saying you know this is exaggerated. And basically what this would -- killed because what you say to ups. Well. I just hope that people read that report. There are some Marines that are for policy makers. In public for the IP CC report that was released last month it only twenty pages long and we. Took special salute to ride so that people can understand it. The national climate assessment which is actually independent. The international assessment that was released by the White House this week has been in preparation. Couple years -- about 300 scientist. Across the United States and from that we developed a -- report and you can download them on the Internet and they're not. Complicated to read and people which is worried and educate themselves. Then that will understand. The trends that we're seeing in Pakistan and instrumental data from temperature records. But in the and the CI or example and that. The adept at permafrost. In the right embassy. There's so many natural indicator. That people would reach the same conclusion as 97% of the have globally. All right let them take a break your movement come back let's get into some of the details listen let's get into some of the highlights. We're talking about the latest climate in land. Assessments. Or -- illogical survey. Also in from climate assessment report by the IP CC. And once again we're we're talking about global warming. Coming right back -- bill brigades have creating a -- 53 yeah we're very grateful to be draw and by the chief scientist for climate and -- and huge -- injured was choose who you -- so. The author of the international climate assessment report by the I. -- CC. Depth review leafs last month bludgeoned for that is with a Virginia had a good a lot of joy in the first part of this. Get people book highlights. Of what you wouldn't -- the scientists have found. Well over the past 100 years we've -- Dramatic changes and in the climate and not just talk about the United States rather than the global picture and LB will relevant to your listeners. And average temperature in the United States increased about one and a half degrees. Since about 1980 about 1895. -- but the extreme temperature. Had changed dramatically over the -- high in the wintry and become more and more mild. And if you live in Louisiana he'll appreciate that annual frank I actually met in my lifetime. We've seen hurricane increase. In their intensity frequency and duration. Over the past thirty years. We've seen more rainfall and formatting to begin war what precipitation across. Much of the nation's. Horrible attitude the war the precipitation. Is -- increased and the war -- formal rainfall has been no fall. Because the atmosphere holds moisture with it warms. Which semen on increase in the prospering season. An increase in the rate of ice melts. CIA. Well I took the top of mountains and in so -- cover. -- we've seen an increase in the rate it means -- and we have several. Part of the report described effects in the Gulf Coast region which. Probably even more relevant and lots of -- Louisiana is mentioned as a hot spot of vulnerability. We're born we'll look at what happened -- -- Train. All -- disorder and when we look at. What's happened -- -- who are losing. Self police unit at a football field Tuesday because of rugs and important subside so I think. At least I was in the individual by you in term to -- reporting. But let me as to took them looking for answers and too deviant for -- always compact. To alternative energy and remember a number of years ago at things 2000 live and think that was the Fukushima disaster. And -- said well. We're we've got to eliminate like have not quite but almost. Have put their nuclear power plants. They were gonna go to renewable power as the ball of their energy by 25 to. While big old problem Ukraine in that program -- their parade there to lose from their natural gas. They've got to industries. Sixteen of them that they've given. Exemptions. On these alternative energies. They've gone and heavily to wind and solar. But right now. The price -- -- adjourn their one of the highest in the world. And cultural electricity. 37%. Rise since 2000 pot -- and the price in the United States with the same amount and in India's. Energy has -- 4%. Over that time. Consider going up to 37%. And it its cause German 52 billion dollars and that exports the -- and do that long chocolate for use. Okay we're gonna go in that direction how -- would pay for. How to win since well and if we do the right thing. Well that's the policy question and economical -- colleges I'm not a an expert on energy supply. I did your presentation this morning black professor from Allen -- our bow their energy mix. And the sustainability. That the current energy sources Indians. And that. -- -- in new renewable -- small and it hasn't increased substantially. So that is a huge challenge. And it's not something that happened quickly -- Inexpensively that was the conclusion of the science. I would second has made forcefully but again and I'm. Scientists on the impact. On coastal systems particularly -- -- you're unlucky guy I am concerned that we don't. Alternatives that will lead us down a path towards more sustainable coastal systems. And economy. Through you know we're -- -- radio talk show hold short of politicians just pitches com open captured them and choose what -- -- -- aren't. What I know -- probably sick of hearing this report but it is what I hear all over the place and -- like cost. Okay you got me agree with you. What that we do with that. And costs was I don't see too many answers here's Sharon. They had I wouldn't -- that from Congo last night. They approved construction of more than a hundred million. Tons of new coal production. In the 2013. This was after the sit -- going to reduce. There are carbon emissions. They aimed to put 860. Million tons. Of this new production. In other operations between now law in 2000 put -- that's more than being higher input of India. If you -- to a mall or. Went back to living like the Indians and -- solar and hydrogen. And windmill power. Would we even make it didn't and what China's -- Well it's actually. Even the world war. Are visible in terms of perspective for projections. -- Then what you just described the England and the Oregon. That. Makes the atmosphere are going to continue to warm the atmosphere. Even if -- stable line. All the the emissions. So. Half of the in the BC report and even indeed the US report. Is that an option called adaptations. So litigation and reducing fossil fuel emissions. You know in the long term back. Are we gonna affect your grandchildren migrant children and ended. They're parent -- and what. What I have to deal. But -- over the next couple of decades the -- are wrong and then they leveled gonna continue to rise of the planet gonna continue to warm. And all these natural responses will continue to -- you know. Accelerate basically because of the the current -- -- war on. So the concept of adaptation. It's really important because there are things that people can do to protect communities. And I think one perfect example that comes from Louisiana. In the coastal. We twelve master plan for a buddy. Actor in a future rate at sea level rise and -- -- -- him. It's a perfect example. Smart way to continues to live and coastal community. And and and adapt to the changes that are. Inevitable bicycle. And always abuse come opened the fifty to a hundred billion dollars as can cause of bonded and we've got pretty good -- We've got. The things thirteen fourteen billion that the -- sophisticated aside from the Netherlands gates and we years and pumps -- anywhere in the world. And so -- we can afford. The interest. Offer them money that we have to report. Your probably shouldn't tell you this because it'll in the work you're doing. But we have an answer to all of that it's a military and their credentials from between yarder. From Mardi Gras saint -- us. That's truly had struck him come up. Under -- are really pretty future years dating go up or getting up early what is its. Seven hours opponents in Germany. -- -- -- and what they cancel -- election and hopefully -- bigotry on the showroom we have more time. To really dig deep inducing a beverage can really do probably. Accused of -- That aren't aren't that good. So there have there there's a lady -- real. The international eyed -- CC report. That's the world wide of the bring. Of engineers and scientists. And climate colleges. That comeback and set up -- real and it's happening. And I said okay -- Katrina and see what's happening. In the small and were a group. And and a -- I think it's happening to them report. Nobody has an answer to look like that so far. Do we of the technology. Things not so far as their budget Friday. The Germany big -- are they doing what they're in debt. And now. They've been against acting. And and that programs could they had shale. But no would be Ukraine. And realizing that -- and shut down that natural gas pipeline. Could be an even bigger trouble. And where there. Export deficits rising. And their industry complaining that the carbon taxes in the moving to alternative. Is making them noncompetitive. Did it it kind of takes you arguments others. Regardless we tried your wrong. Upon me by the it's got an answer. Of of how to solve the answer there -- plenty of answers. Or what to do New Orleans or more -- Michael acting company would you going. They're out they're selling. The technology. The -- putting together for the master plan and the technology that -- protect the city. At least for a small storm. And they're going to hopefully improve on like the Netherlands. And sell that as expertise. But it's still -- if you ask them those that are very hopeful. And very embittered and very creative and remote. Okay what is that the we're gonna sell that can save. It it's just not there and they're -- their things -- complete open. But extremely. Expensive. And occupy -- Tokyo and put dollars. Are coming up next how power you just you don't make. What do you think God's arms down and covered the union dues on them -- home where I grew up in this won't vote. A couple of days ago. -- Bruins that I grew up we're there and solve encroachment of the open. -- Salty taste of the water and -- there at the canal to always for a change. Going to be limited. A word can -- a daily basis do you think. What do you think we should do in budgets denying that it's happening. Is that a better idea -- the leisure worry about. Give -- call 2601. Eat itself. Over here 66. And zero point seven --