Monday, 1 May 2017

Jason Box on abrupt climate change


Faster than forecast: the story ice tells about abrupt anthropocene climate change with Jason Box




The changes in climate: one of the most debated scientific topics in the history of humankind. Scientists, activists and politicians all have engaged in it. But despite being a topic that has received a great deal of attention in numerous yearly climate conferences, there is a widespread lack of knowledge of the current state of climate on Earth. Have all the predictions from the scientific community come true? How serious are the changes of climate to the future of the planet? Have any significant changes been made by political forces?

The new season of Science & Cocktails begins with the recently discovered tale of the life-story of the Greenland ice. The temperature rise in the Arctic in the past two decades has pushed Greenland ice to tell us some of its secrets. It turns out that ice is extremely sensitive to changes in climate and seems to be melting faster than any forecast. But what are the impacts of the melting of the ice sheet, other than sea level rise? How much ice is the Arctic losing compared to Antarctica? Is the sea level rise constant around the world? What will happen in the future?

Jason Box, one of the world’s experts on the Greenland ice sheet, will explain what are the physical causes of the melting of the ice sheet and tell us how scientists make forecasts based on theoretical models and what they take into account. Jason Box will argue that there are many factors that have not been taken into account in these forecasts and therefore that the Greenland ice sheet will continue melting faster than any prediction made until now. What will it take to stabilise climate change? You’ll find out.


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