The Weekend Wonk: Jason Box at Arctic Summit

March 22, 2015

On March 12, 2015, a gathering of stakeholders in the emerging exploitation of the Arctic was convened in Oslo, Norway, by The Economist magazine.

Glaciologist Jason Box was the only scientist on the program.  His words contained a warning for the assembled politicians, ministers, and magnates.

4 Responses to “The Weekend Wonk: Jason Box at Arctic Summit”

  1. redskylite Says:

    Well presented speech, from professor Jason Box, highlighting the fact that models are most likely conservative, and do not yet include all the amplifiers and feedbacks that are at work.

    Two items of news concerned me today, the “progressive and concerned” Shell company look likely to get permission to resume drilling in the Arctic, and after a recent article from Seattle ports they are “armed” and raring to go.

    The other bombshell is that Ted Cruz is the first candidate for the 2016 U.S presidential candidate. After his recent comments on NASA and Earth science and the results of the last elections in the U.S, I am seriously worried, that the U.S will vote a denier based candidate in and divert well away from tacking the monster.

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/mar/22/shell-oil-driling-in-arctic-set-to-get-us-government-permission

  2. dumboldguy Says:

    Great presentation full of facts that only a fool could deny. Let’s hope the audience was paying attention AND acts on the info when they go home.

    I love Dr. Box (especially since he told us we were F**ked), but there were too many distracting “ums” and uhs” in his delivery this time. He has done better in the past, so maybe it was just that he didn’t have time to get this particular set of facts firmly in mind before speaking (or was jet-lagged).

    Pointing this out was prompted by my wife, who wandered in and asked “Who’s the guy with all the annoying “ums” and uhs”? (I have to play things pretty loudly in order to understand them, so she overhears much. She’s a language arts major who understands little of the science but is hell on the superficial).

    I was more focused on the facts than the delivery, and have listened to many um-ah-uh presentations by academics, but WAS distracted a bit by the Moire patterns coming off Dr. Box’s shirt. Whatever pattern was present in the shirt, the “pixel count” and spacing must have been just right in comparison to the scanning rate of the camera to produce the effect.


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