Colloquium - Philip Taylor (Case Western University) The Science of Climate Change and the Changing Climate of Science

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Philip Taylor - Case Western University - 9/12/17 Colloquium speaker
September 12, 2017
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Location
1080 Physics Research Building - Smith Seminar Room - reception at 3:15 pm in the Atrium

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Add to Calendar 2017-09-12 15:30:00 2017-09-12 16:30:00 Colloquium - Philip Taylor (Case Western University) The Science of Climate Change and the Changing Climate of Science

Isn’t science supposed to be a field of study in which everybody eventually agrees on what is correct and what is mistaken? Yes, it is, but do we agree on how long it will be before “eventually” happens, especially when $5,000,000,000,000 per year depends on whose science is correct? Probably not.

The American Physical Society recently labored mightily to update its 2007 Climate Change Statement, but gave birth to a mouse. How did it happen that both Pope Francis (“Obstructionist attitudes, even on the part of believers, can range from denial of the problem to indifference”) and Islamic leaders (“The present climate change catastrophe is a result of the human disruption of this balance”) seemed to have a better grasp of the problem than our beloved APS?  Be amazed!

1080 Physics Research Building - Smith Seminar Room - reception at 3:15 pm in the Atrium Department of Physics physics@osu.edu America/New_York public
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Isn’t science supposed to be a field of study in which everybody eventually agrees on what is correct and what is mistaken? Yes, it is, but do we agree on how long it will be before “eventually” happens, especially when $5,000,000,000,000 per year depends on whose science is correct? Probably not.

The American Physical Society recently labored mightily to update its 2007 Climate Change Statement, but gave birth to a mouse. How did it happen that both Pope Francis (“Obstructionist attitudes, even on the part of believers, can range from denial of the problem to indifference”) and Islamic leaders (“The present climate change catastrophe is a result of the human disruption of this balance”) seemed to have a better grasp of the problem than our beloved APS?  Be amazed!