“Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t and Why It Matters”
Steven Koonin, Ph.D.
Undersecretary for Science in the Obama Administration Energy Department
Author of Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters
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Professor Koonin discusses the unsettled truths about climate change and how the relationship between carbon dioxide and temperature is more complex than generally portrayed. He points out that politicians who promise to “follow the science” in order to address the “climate crisis” are not backed by data, suggesting that radical climate action is unnecessary.
For example, data suggests there has been very little change in hurricane activity in recent decades, alongside evidence that sea levels have been rising for 20,000 years. For Professor Koonin, the real question isn’t whether sea levels are rising, but whether they’re accelerating due to climate change.
• What media reports as climate change is actually natural weather cycles.
• Adaptation should be the dominant response to climate change.
• We need to cancel the “climate crisis” but acknowledge the challenges and hurdles associated with reducing human influence.