James, thank you.

Are you a scientist OR a communicator? Two completely different things. Only a few have dared to step out from the research and speak out publicly. The classic and most welcome person to do this is now throwing in the towel to take on an independent role to tell us exactly what the crack is. Hold on to your seats, it’s going to be a rocky ride, but hey better to be wise and ready than part of the current majority waiting for someone else to ‘sort it’.  Bring it on James Hansen and thank you very much.

What James has been telling us for some time:

The risk community needs to adapt for climate change9. Albedo, land and ocean feedback response to Greenhouse Gases is expected, however a ‘different’ planet may result if global warming is not limited due to the unknowns of other feedbacks. Fixes beyond reducing CO2 emissions themselves could be considered dangerous10, especially as it will take several decades to adjust to climate forcing in the system due to its thermal inertia11.

What James plans to do now: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/02/science/james-e-hansen-retiring-from-nasa-to-fight-global-warming.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes

Happy Easter everyone – this is a good start!

Luci Isaacson MSc