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NASA climate scientist James Hansen analyzed the impact of CO2 greenhouse gas pollution on the Earth’s climate and concluded the maximum safe level of CO2 is 350 ppm. We are now at 400 ppm and rising at an unsustainable rate. We are heading for a new warming planet, one that we have not seen since before humans walked the Earth; one where our agriculture may no longer feed the world’s people; one where the norms of civilization may cease to exist. Yet instead of embracing the science, some religious leaders are denying climate change, quoting Biblical passages to support their views. Unfortunately, there are many in our government who embrace these religious views at the expense of science. Others deny the science because of moneyed interests who can pay for business as usual. Whatever their motives, there is a clear and present danger to our civilization if we do not confront climate change. Learn how you can make a difference.
Laura Faye Tenenbaum is an Innovator in Science Communication and a member of the Earth Science Communications Team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where she is responsible for creating content for the climate website “Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet” http://climate.nasa.gov/. Her team won two Webby Awards, the Internet industry's highest honor, for Best Science Website.
She holds a faculty position in the Physical Science Department at Glendale Community College for the last 11 years, where she has been nominated for Adjunct Faculty of the Year. Ms. Tenenbaum studied Marine Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz as both an undergraduate and graduate student. She has worked as an Underwater Researcher on the Kelp Forest Project at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, as a Senior Marine Consultant for Santa Monica Baykeepers, and as an Underwater Scientist for the World Wildlife Fund in Thailand. Her goal is to bring science, multimedia and education together to attract highly motivated and enthusiastic citizens to take on the environmental challenges we face.
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