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!)
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.