Life on Earth faces challenges from changing climate
The Central Coast Climate Science Education website provides interested citizens reliable and timely access to the rapidly expanding understanding of the Earth's climate system, a topic which will be of increasing importance to our nation and the world. Information presented on this website is constantly evolving, so please check back periodically for new material, using the Update Log page.
Links are provided to other websites and informative posts as well as responses to local inquiries about climate science, and information about upcoming local events bearing on this issue.
If you are new to this website, please visit the Site Guide for a brief explanation of the content of the pages on this website. And, if you are new to learning the basics of climate science, it is highly recommended that you first read the Climate Science Summary page, which summarizes the basic science and the impacts of climate science.
Important features of this website are the Tutorial and Essays pages consisting of step-by-step "lessons" and explanations of various climate science topics for those who do not have an extensive background in science.
In addition, if you are a member of any group that would like a free PowerPoint presentation on "Climate Science Basics", please send a request to ray.climate(@sign) charter.net and a time will be arranged. The presentation runs about 35 to 45 minutes, with time afterwards devoted to questions and comments.
Note: This website utilizes PDF files. For Microsoft Windows computer users, this requires the free Adobe Reader software. For Apple Mac computer users, the Preview application should work fine.
If you have questions, comments, observations or recommendations, please contact website owner and author Dr. Ray Weymann via email ray.climate(@sign) charter.net or use the Contact page.
This is a recent new video by climate scientist Stefan Rahmstorf. It discusses extreme weather events and new insights into a process causing these events. The video is accompanied by a commentary summarizing the main ideas in the video.
Alerts & Events
On three Mondays, April 3, 10, and 17th, a three-part radio series will be broadcast on the syndicated program "IdeaSphere", hosted by producer Guy Rathbun and distributed through PRX: https://www.prx.org/series/32323-ideasphere-a-platform-for-today-s-voices
The series of half hour programs will discuss why scientists are increasingly realizing the need to become more engaged with the public about the vital role science plays in society and the need to defend science and scientists against misrepresentation and intimidation.
The first program, on April 3rd, will be an interview with renowned climate scientist Dr. Benjamin Santer (http://www-pcmdi.llnl.gov/about/staff/Santer/)
The 2nd, April 10, will be a panel discussion with biochemist Dr. Richard Berg, computer scientist Dr. George Drastal, and myself, Ray Weymann.
The 3rd, April 17, will be an interview with Dr. Rush Holt. Dr. Holt is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (the world's largest general scientific society.) But Dr. Holt also served in Congress for 16 years and so is in a unique position to represent science, scientists and the relation to the Federal Government.
The program airs on KCBX (90.1 FM, or online at kcbx.org) Mondays from 1:30 to 2 PM PDT.
For expanded information and past postings, see
Alerts & Event Notices
Recent Website Updates
The fifth in a series of updated tutorials is available in the updated tutorials page. It discusses the relative importance of the various greenhouse gases, two ways in which this importance is measured and the sources of these greenhouse gases.
02.22.17 Editorial by Rush Holt
There has been a lot of discussion lately about how active scientists should be politically in light of the
new Administration. In the January 10th 2017 addition of SCIENCE Magazine, there is an excellent
editorial by the new CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Rush Holt.
Holt is a scientist and served for 16 years in Congress.
Here is the editorial in PDF form which I downloaded from the Magazine.
Added a new Essay, Essay #15 How to Inoculate against "Alternative Facts” With the recent deployment of the rather curious phrase "alternative facts”, it is timely to ask how one should communicate with climate change skeptics who reject some actual facts about climate change.
A new Essay Essay #14 “But aren’t they in it just for the money?” has been posted in response to the myth that the overwhelming consensus among scientists concerning human-driven climate change simply reflects their desire to get rich on grant funds!
01.23.17 Resources/Video Climate Scientist Katharine Hayhoe has produced more of her “Global Weirding” videos. There is one in particular I would urge readers to watch. For comments and the link go
to the Resources/Video page.
For all website updates see the Update Log