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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 short video, “Science in America” by superb science communicator and Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, was posted on many websites just prior to the worldwide March for Science. His message is powerful and more important than ever.
Alerts & Events
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Alerts & Event Notices
Podcasts are now available for the three-part series “Science Under Attack” described in a previous Alerts and Events notice. The first of these half-hour broadcasts, with moderator Guy Rathbun, is a panel discussion with biologist Dr. Richard Berg, computer scientist Dr. George Drastal, and myself:
The second features a leading climate scientist, Dr. Benjamin Santer. In addition to his excellence as a scientist, Santer is known for his eloquence and devotion in advocating for sound science.
The third in the series is an interview with Dr. Rush Holt, a physicist who served for 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and is now the Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the largest general scientific society in the world. (See: http://www.aaas.org/ )
For those of you in the San Luis Obispo County area, remember a local March For Science will be held on Saturday, April 22nd at 10 AM at Emerson Park (Pacific & Nipomo). For Marches in other locations see:
Recent Website Updates
This short video, “Science in America” by superb science communicator and Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson,
was posted on many websites just prior to the worldwide March for Science. His message is powerful and more
important than ever.
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.
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