What if Climate Change is Real? Katharine Hayhoe TEDX at Texas Tech

May 5, 2015

One more reason to love Lubbock.

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe shows how to answer the first questions most people ask about climate change, for an audience in the Heart of Texas.

Fresh off her quietly dazzlling presentation to the Austin City Council, Hayhoe gives another master class on climate communication.


Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing the United States and the world. Over the coming century, it is expected to affect agriculture, energy, health, infrastructure, natural resources, national security and water availability. This assessment, which represents the most up to date and comprehensive overview of climate change impacts on the U.S., provides critical input to planning and policy at the state and national level to reduce the human influence on climate and adapt to future change.

Katharine Hayhoe, Ph.D., is director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech, part of the South-Central Climate Science Center. Her research focuses on developing and applying high-resolution climate projections to evaluate the future impacts of climate change on human society and the natural environment.

Hayhoe has published more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and served as lead author on key reports for the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the National Academy of Sciences. Hayhoe is currently serving as lead author for the 2014 Third U.S. National Climate Assessment.

Hayhoe earned a bachelor’s of science in physics and astronomy from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Below, Dr. Hayhoe’s “Elevator Pitch” on climate change:


3 Responses to “What if Climate Change is Real? Katharine Hayhoe TEDX at Texas Tech”

  1. Paul Magnus Says:

    what about solar electric trains surely theres a energy solution lurking there somewhere… solar roof, regenerative braking, power pack batteries, solar panel tracks… (well maybe) solar covered tracks might be better.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Solar trains now? The “Frankenstein Bride” of Solar Roadway, and just as impractical. What next? Solar planes?, solar boats?—–or my favorite, the solar subway?

  2. Michael Bass Says:

    not a bad talk from a religious wackjob living in a state full of dumb asses.

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