Slate Highlights “Great Resource” – Scientist Interviews

February 14, 2016

My videos have always been aimed at ending arguments. (Bam. Now, can’t we all get along?)

Phil Plait has found my playlist of minimally edited scientist interviews, – for those that like their science without my comments and sarc. (Go figure!)

Slate – Bad Astronomy:

Now another great resource has popped up. It’s a series of short videos (most are about two minutes long) interviewing climate scientists. They aren’t necessarily debunking — the YouTube channel is called “Scientists on Climate Change” — but it fills that niche wonderfully. You’ll find lots of interesting info there, with links to more information.

Here’s a timely one as an example: NCAR scientist Kevin Trenberth discussing the record heat in 2015:


The channel is run by Peter Sinclair, who works with Yale Climate Connections (and who also does the great Climate Crock of the Week). He’s a videographer, and has made a number of excellent videos for YCC.

I asked him about the shorter videos, and he told me he has so many clips of great interviews from scientists left over from longer videos that he felt they needed to be aired: “Since I find myself the custodian of literally hundreds of historically significant interviews by the key scientists, at this key moment, I feel compelled to not let them sit on my hard drive.”

He puts them on this new channel with minimal editing and graphics, and no music. That makes them perfect for inserting into blogs, news programs, and the like.

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One Response to “Slate Highlights “Great Resource” – Scientist Interviews”

  1. redskylite Says:

    Thanks for the two very interesting and informative videos and climate temperature measures and trends and just out is the Japan Meteorology Agency figures for January 2016, which confirms NASA’s figures released a few days earlier. And yes you got it – it was the hottest January on record.

    Japan Meteorological Agency (気象庁) – Monthly Anomalies of Global Average Surface Temperature in January (1891 – 2016, preliminary value). . .

    The monthly anomaly of the global average surface temperature in January 2016 (i.e. the average of the near-surface air temperature over land and the SST) was +0.52°C above the 1981-2010 average (+0.91°C above the 20th century average), and was the warmest since records began in 1891. On a longer time scale, global average surface temperatures have risen at a rate of about 0.75°C per century.

    Five Warmest Years (Anomalies)

    1st. 2016 (+0.52°C), 2nd. 2015, 2007, 2002 (+0.29°C), 5th. 2010 (+0.21°C)

    http://ds.data.jma.go.jp/tcc/tcc/products/gwp/temp/jan_wld.html


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