AGU Fall Meeting 18 is Underway

December 10, 2018

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In Washington DC, the world’s largest scientific meeting is underway – The American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting is Burning Man for earth, ocean and atmospheric scientists, and I’m lining up the interviews, sessions and after-hours activities that will make this another exhausting but illuminating week.

Very happy to chat with Dr Katey Walter Anthony this morning, famous for her youtube vids that have blown so many minds with exploding methane bubbles on arctic lakes. Informative and sharp on one of our biggest climate question marks. Stay tuned – I’ll be hit and miss this week.

Below, AGU Pressroom has wifi, coffee,… and food – for journalists on a budget…

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9 Responses to “AGU Fall Meeting 18 is Underway”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    Can’t wait to see what you get from the scientists at AGU. Suspect that it’s going to be a bit grimmer take than last year’s.

  2. mboli Says:

    I heard that last year a large number of Interior Dept. government scientists were told they wouldn’t be attending the AGU meeting. Even though some of them had paper and poster presentations accepted and scheduled.

    It seemed to be a way to punish people the administration didn’t like. Or to throttle presenting messages they didn’t like.

    What’s the scoop this year?

  3. redskylite Says:

    How many wake-up calls does mankind need ?, what we really need is all of the voters to get behind doing whatever is necessary to turn this around.

    The well-being of our youngsters is surely more pressing than petty politics;-

    The following is not from a science fiction novel, it is from educated experts.

    “All of the species on Earth today had an ancestor that survived the Eocene and the Pliocene, but whether humans and the flora and fauna we are familiar with can adapt to these rapid changes remains to be seen. The accelerated rate of change appears to be faster than anything life on the planet has experienced before.”

    https://news.wisc.edu/humans-may-be-reversing-the-climate-clock-by-50-million-years/

  4. redskylite Says:

    Meanwhile a sleeping giant awakes:

    The region has long been considered stable and unaffected by some of the more dramatic changes occurring elsewhere on the continent.

    But satellites have now shown that ice streams running into the ocean along one-eighth of the eastern coastline have thinned and sped up.

    If this trend continues, it has consequences for future sea levels.

    There is enough ice in the drainage basins in this sector of Antarctica to raise the height of the global oceans by 28m – if it were all to melt out.

    “That’s the water equivalent to four Greenlands of ice,” said Catherine Walker from Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

    The glaciologist has been detailing her work here at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

    https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46517396


    • The Lofoten Declaration’s intent is to end fossil fuel expansion, and ‘manage the decline of existing production …’

      As a policy, this places a constraint the supply of fossil fuels. The economy will respond to this with a fossil fuel price increase. Decreasing oil gas and coal production will lead to an increasing price of fossil fuels by limiting the supply.

      Wealthy people will still readily be able to afford whatever trickle of fossil fuels are still being produced after the ‘managed decline’. And those who are producing that trickle will be in a position to make a lot of money.

      I’m happy to declare my support for a responsible climate policy, but before endorsing something, I want to know how it will work. What gets us to the point of the ‘managed decline’, in a way that’s both effective in reducing emissions, and fair?


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