Death by 1,000 Cuts: Epic Interview, Extreme Changes Not Seen in Time of Humans


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Paul is again a feature guest on Alex Smith’s Radio Ecoshock, ‘Extreme Climate News & Science‘ (dk).  This is a wide ranging hour long interview:

As Alex introduces Paul, ‘It’s been summer in the Northern Hemisphere, when viewers and journalists drift into platitudes and cat videos. Meanwhile the planet is going through extreme changes, not seen during the time of humans.We’re going to spend this program going through the science that should have been foot-high headlines around the world. Plus some small signals of big things to come‘.

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After discussing rapid climate change in context, Paul tells more of the story of his viral video and the ensuing Washington Post article and follow up including rebuttal and responses.

He then goes on to discuss the three major factors affecting our earth:  raise in land and ocean temperature, extreme rate of melting of ice caps and draining into oceans, and statistics of the skyrocketing extreme weather events in severity, frequency, and intensity.

He then goes on to further discuss the need to replace Arctic sea ice, which is trending down very rapidly.  This includes Pauls classic scientific illustration, of the amount of energy needed to melt one kilogram of ice, being equivalent to the amount of energy to raise the resulting 1 kilogram of meltwater to 80 degrees celsius.  He then discusses the role of the decline of snow cover, in reflecting radiation.

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He then explicates abrupt loss of sanity, the death by 1,000 cuts we witness day after day now, and climate change deniers.  He concludes by discussing his unique perspective, as a long term professional educator, as to the views of the young, and the need to connect the dots.  Paul’s points towards a tipping point in human behavior.  Mentions of Peter Wadhams new book, A Farewell To Ice, and closes with role of Jevons Paradox.

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And, for good measure, one of Paul’s recent videos, incase you had not already seen it.


About paulbeckwith

Well known climate science educator; Part-time Geography professor (climatology, oceanography, environmental issues), University of Ottawa. Physicist. Engineer. Master's Degree in Science in Laser Optics, Bachelors of Engineering, in Engineering Physics. Won Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario gold medal. Also interested in investment and start-ups in climate solutions, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Avid chess player, and likes restoring old homes. Married with children.
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3 Responses to Death by 1,000 Cuts: Epic Interview, Extreme Changes Not Seen in Time of Humans

  1. Thank you Paul. We need this information on mainstream media.


  2. jay says:

    Sad and devastating from your resident coward. I’m really upset. Are we going to lose everything we love and have loved? The birds and the bees and the insects all that makes our lives worthwhile. 😦


  3. Nemesis says:

    I can not resist, I have to open up my dirty heretic mouth once again, gnahahaha:

    We have to dig deeply into the psyche of politics and economy, to lose any delusions once and for all:

    ” 6.9.2016 – U.S. companies tout climate policies, fund climate skeptics”

    The diagnosis in this case is rather easy:


    My question to the professionals:

    Will that schizophrenic strategy solve climate change? Gnahaha, I don’t expect any answer 😉

    Most people will never understand, what politics and economy (resp. the military-industrial complex) is all about:

    Don’t let the right hand know, what the left hand is doing.

    Bon voyage.


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