Jeff Goodell, our roving reporter at the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting, filed his second dispatch after the talk by the nation’s leading climate scientist.
Maybe Justin Timberlake or Barry Manilow draws a more adoring crowd, but I doubt it. Hansen is not just a rock start here at AGU, but the one true prophet, the Man Who Saw It All Before Anyone Else. And Hansen, in his own quiet way, did not disappoint.
The themes of his talk were not new to anyone who has heard him speak recently (or to readers of Climate Progress) — the dangers of runaway warming, the need to keep CO2 level in the atmosphere at 350 ppm or lower, the urgency of phasing out coal by 2030. Today, Hansen laid it all out with dry, devestating precision.
Near the end of his talk, he predicted that, because of the earth’s current energy balance and the coming solar cycles: