This visualization shows global winds from a GEOS-5 simulation using 10-kilometer resolution. Surface winds (0 to 40 meters/second) are shown in white and trace features including Atlantic and Pacific cyclones. Upper-level winds (250 hectopascals) are colored by speed (0 to 175 meters/second), with red indicating faster.
This visualization shows global winds from a GEOS-5 simulation using 10-kilometer resolution. Surface winds (0 to 40 meters/second) are shown in white and trace features including Atlantic and Pacific cyclones. Upper-level winds (250 hectopascals) are colored by speed (0 to 175 meters/second), with red indicating faster.

Climate Science! With NASA’s Gavin Schmidt

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How do we fix climate change? In this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice sit down with Senior Advisor on Climate Science at NASA, Gavin Schmidt, for the Broward County School District Youth Climate Summit to answer questions about climate change and what we’re doing about it. 

To kick things off, we discuss the hurricanes in 2020 and how they were classified. Then we go to who first noticed global warming. Was it earlier than we think? We explore glaciers, how fast they’re melting, how NASA tracks glaciers, and what all this extra water is doing to our oceans besides making them bigger. What can kids do to help slow the progress of climate change?

What two planets in our solar system have also experienced different kinds of massive climate change? What happened that made them uninhabitable? We dive into what sort of jobs exist for people who are interested in fighting climate change. You’ll learn that climate science is very interdisciplinary and what catastrophic things will happen if we choose to take no action. Plus, find out what happened during the last ice age. 

What are laws that could help slow climate change? What should we be asking of our government? Are we headed in the right direction? We also break down how climate change results in extreme weather events, the global domino effect, and what weird weather we have observed. All that, plus, find out what originally interested our scientists in their given fields that led them here today!

Thanks to our Patrons Jason Johst, Ava Spurr, Andrew Kodama, Ben Daumler, Ds Tillbrook, Dmitry Kucher, Daniel Hamburger, Jason Jones, Bryan Hurley, Javier Rodriguez for supporting us this week.

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