Joe Romm Interview – Why Is Climate Still Invisible?
October 14, 2012
Current TV interview with Joe Romm on the emerging mainstream consensus on climate change. Outside the beltway, ordinary people know things are not as they should be. The election process encourages dysfunctional thinking.
FRISCO — Climate change may not be front and center in the current presidential campaign, but behind the scenes, the Obama administration has been forging ahead with several initiatives related to climate science and global warming.
Most recently, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced his department’sregional Climate Science Centers will award more than $10 million in funding to universities and other partners. The research will guide managers of parks, refuges and other resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.
“Climate Science Centers are off and running to meet the needs of those who must safeguard our precious natural resources as the climate changes. These projects demonstrate the benefits of our national climate science strategy, which is focused on the needs of managers in each region,” said Secretary Salazar.
The 69 studies at eight climate science centers focus on how climate change will affect natural resources. For example, some projects identify how sea-level rise will affect coastal resources, how climate will affect vegetation, how these changes will affect valued species such as sage grouse, and how changes in water availability will affect both people and ecosystems—and ecosystem services such as fisheries.