Saturday, August 17, 2013

Planet-healer Mario Molina travels so much that there's no more room for stamps on his passport; suggests that if we believe in real science, we should believe in junk science

Nobelist presses case on climate change |
Nobel laureate Mario Molina is almost forever in motion, traveling the world so often and widely that it led to an awkward moment a couple of years ago when he landed in the Netherlands. He handed a Customs agent his passport, which was so filled with stamp marks there wasn't room for even one more.
He soon resumed his main mission in life: Warning the world about the potential impact of climate change, and suggesting ways to deal with it. Molina has been at it for more than 40 years and is among the most high profile figures in the field.
...on the opposition side there has been a very well financed and organized campaign to question climate science.
...Obviously, the public trusts science; we all fly in airplanes that used to be very dangerous. Science has made them very safe. We all use gadgets like cellphones, which are entirely based on the progress of science. But you don’t trust science when it tells you to do things such as be more efficient in using energy? What has been exaggerated is that science is uncertain and that, consequently, you don’t know the absolute truth.
A: These extreme events happen naturally, but their intensity is being affected by climate change, so it is much more likely that you will have not just a heat wave, but a very severe heat wave. That’s probability. That’s the sort of thing people are accustomed to thinking about.

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