Dr. Marshall Shepherd, host of Weather Geeks and Head Director for the Program in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia, spoke to a group of members at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. Dr. Shepherd delivered and then answered a variety of questions on climate change. Discussing the existing science showing how human activity is changing the global climate, Dr. Shepherd educated members on the scientific facts of our warming planet.

 

  • In a warmer global climate the models show less hurricanes but much more stronger
  • Worldwide we are seeing more intense hurricanes/typhoons because are warming of climate
  • Heat is the weather event that kills the most people each year
  • How do we know CO2 is our fault? Because we measure it, and are peer reviewed.
  • Climate change is the extra layer of acceleration of a warming planet that is magnifying the natural cycles
  • We have more CO2 in the atmosphere since the industrial revolution. That is a fact. It's not debatable @DrShepherd2013
  • CO2 correlates with temperatures directly. Next week we will pass 410 ppm CO2 in the atmosphere. @DrShepherd2013
  • Human emissions just cancelled the next ice age. What does that mean for us?
  • Every 41,000 to 100,000 years the earth's axis shifts and we get ice ages.
  • Temperatures are increasing, while #solar irridance is decreasing
  • Climate variability comes from a variety of things and inputs.
  • If you don't like the climate move. If you don't like the weather then wait a few hours.
  • Climate is your personality and weather is a mood.
  • Coast Gaurd is now having to respond to recreational sailors in the North Pole during who are in trouble
  • Listening to a great description of how the atmosphere is like a water bed in regards to forces
  • Warming of the Artic creates a weakening our weather gradient which causes a weaker jet stream
  • Satellites actually measure waters with saline. With more fresh water from ice melt the satellite images are starting to be channeled.
  • Most of the long-term sea ice in the artic is now gone. Shipping lanes are now open in the artic right now
  • The human body has two barometric pressure areas joints and inner ear. #whoknew #dyk
  • The Farmers Almanac has been studied and is only right 36% of the time.
  • Unlike folks who have vacation homes we do not have a vacation planet. There is only one planet for humans @DrShepherd2013
  • There's nothing inconsistent with God's call to care for the planet in Genesis and understanding the science of weather
  • Nothing about science is inconsistent with faith
  • We've been spoiled by a warmer winter but that's not good for peaches
  • On high tides now we are seeing sunny day flooding all along the coasts
  • If you are having trouble sleeping read the #UMC Book of Discipline