European Kids Ask Paul About Climate Change, at COP25 Madrid

 

Kids Across Europe Ask Paul Questions About Climate Change: COP25 Madrid Spain: Part 1 of 3 // Dec 20, 2019

I am extremely happy and grateful to post this video and the next two from my adventures in Madrid, Spain at COP25. My friend Alfonso Soria put out the word to his many teacher friends across Europe that climate scientist Paul was in Madrid.

Teachers in different countries recorded their kids (of all different ages) asking me questions on global warming/climate. The questions were awesome! Enjoy this holiday treat; I found it very touching. Thank you kids and teachers!!
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Dispatches from COP 25 Climate Change Conference in Madrid
By Alex Carlin | December 13th, 2019 at 7:07 PM (CST)

This is a series of annual special reports for CMD from guest contributor Alex Carlin about his observations at the United Nations climate conference — and this year from the “People’s Summit” in Santiago, Chile as well.

Shifting “Center of Cold” Underscores Critical Need for Climate Restoration
December 13, 2019–Here at the UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid (COP 25), I ran into a great scientist whom I have followed for years, Paul Beckwith. Paul is a renowned climate system scientist at the University of Ottawa, who puts out many informative and entertaining videos that have helped innumerable people, including myself, get up to speed on what he calls “abrupt climate system change,” where you ask questions like,

will Earth become Venus any time soon?” In fact, his videos were my first entry into climate science, and I found them to be extremely well done, effective, and fun to watch.

As I interviewed Paul here, he enlightened me about Greenland becoming the “center of cold” in the Arctic. That is, if we don’t prevent the Arctic Ocean from losing its perennial ice, it will become a blue water ocean for most of the year, and Greenland will be colder than the North Pole.

Paul said, “This will lead to profound changes. Greenland is going to be exposed, and melt rates are going to go way way up,” leading to biblical sea level rises. But beyond submerging Miami, he explained that,

The center of cold in the Arctic will move fairly far to the south: from the North Pole (90 degrees North) to the center of Greenland (73 degrees North). So, since the jet air streams which travel around the Earth actually circle around the ‘center of cold,’ this will cause them to become even wavier than they are now, and also it will bring a jet stream ‘trough’ over North America for extended periods of time.

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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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