Friday, December 09, 2011

Climate Scientist Dr. Alan Robock, an Expert on Climate Change and Nuclear Winter

Check out the on-line book The Encyclopedia of Earth. The lead author of the chapter on nuclear winter is the distinguished Rutgers professor of climatology Dr. Alan Robock. Check out all the on-line resources on his homepage. Check out Dr. Robock's biographical sketch. Dr. Robock is a Lead Author in Working Group I for the upcoming Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Here is a power point presentation Dr. Robock gave in Moscow titled "Smoke and Mirrors: Is Geoengineering a Solution to Global Warming." Dr. Robock was a speaker at a conference hosted by ROSHYDROMET titled "Problems of Adaptation to Climate Change" (November 7-9, 2011). The Russian site RACC 2011 has now posted information about the conference.

I haven't had a chance to read these papers yet, but the papers are linked after the welcoming speeches under the heading Plenary Presentations. The Director of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Dr. R.K. Pachauri, presented an easy-to-understand powerpoint about climate change titled "Science as the Basis for Adaptation Measures" as his welcoming speech.

The Russians are discussing ways to mitigate climate change, but they make a lot of their money selling natural gas so they don't usually address the need to move away from fossil fuels. Also, their scientists---like ours---may be targeted by the powerful fossil-fuel interests like Gazprom if they aren't careful. Gazprom is majority owned by the Russian government and pays a lot of the bills. The fossil-fuel companies own a lot of the T.V. and print media, so their political operatives can run influence operations. The big media can have a lot of influence as long as they promote the line of Putin's ruling United Russia political party.


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