Mat Kaplan and guests Jerry Schubel, Jonathan Parfrey and Matthew Kahn discuss Global Climate Change in this NEXT event from March 6, 2013.
Record breaking temperatures, acidic oceans, drought, the sea level rising to our doorsteps… the science is clear. Our planet faces enormous climate-related challenges, and we would face these even if all carbon production ended tomorrow. Sadly, nations throughout the world are barely beginning to curb their output of greenhouse gases. How will these changes in climate affect how we live our lives? Higher temperatures dry out farmland and decimate crops. Drought can lead to water rationing and brown front lawns. Increasingly volatile oceans could eat away at tropical reefs and fish populations. Coastal economic hubs like Los Angeles and Manhattan could be swallowed by advancing tides. Are we taking measures against climate change fast enough to preserve our planet and our lifestyle? Or do these drastic changes in our oceans and atmosphere also mean drastic changes to life as we know it?
In this installment of our series “NEXT: People | Science | Tomorrow,” host Mat Kaplan and his guests examined the relationship between climate and our way of life, especially for coastal communities like Southern California.
Mat Kaplan: host of SCPR’s science series, “NEXT: People | Science | Tomorrow;” host of Planetary Radio for The Planetary Society
Jerry R. Schubel, PhD: Distinguished Oceanographer and President/CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California
Jonathan Parfrey : Executive Director of Climate Resolve
Matthew E. Kahn, PhD : Professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment , the Department of Economics, the Department of Public Policy, the Anderson School of Management and the UCLA Law School. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research
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