Katharine Hayhoe, Radley Horton, Michael Oppenheimer, and so many climate scientists like them are working overtime trying to solve the biggest crisis of our time. We asked them to tell us more about this incredibly difficult job, particularly at a time when the U.S. government is hostile towards many climate solutions.
Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe joins Reuters to discuss to discuss climate change, our ability to tackle the challenge and whether society can adapt to a warming planet.
How we talk about climate change reflects how we think about it, which in turn affects how we act – or don’t. Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist who’s served as a lead author for National Climate Assessments under the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations.
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Since the time of Galileo, science and faith have been framed as two opposing, or at best, non-overlapping systems. Skepticism about the effects of climate change-exhibited by many Christians in the U.S.-perpetuates this perceived warfare between science and religion.
In our Ideas That Matter partnership with TED, we highlight individuals and ideas shaping our world. This time we’re taking a closer look at climate change. The latest government climate assessment warns that by 2050, heavier rainfall in the Midwest could prompt increased flooding along major waterways like the Mississippi River.
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe describes evangelicals as “those who take the Bible’s teachings seriously.” Those teachings include caring for those who are less fortunate and for our planet. Hayhoe is a Texas Tech Professor and recipient of the 2018 Stephen Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication.
And you’ve also said that a thermometer is neither liberal nor conservative. So tell me how you are tackling this highly politicized highly ideological battle over whether humans are responsible for this climate change.