JR: ABC News is starting to build out their climate website, which was started by Bill Blakemore 4 years ago. He just launched “Nature’s Edge Notebook,” a weekly column on climate change. ABC News has given me permission to repost the whole piece. So be sure to bookmark the site or like the new Facebook page. Also, there is a great video interview of climatologist Richard Somerville below.
by Bill Blakemore, in an ABC News cross-post
Imagine you’re reading Shakespeare on an unseasonably warm evening while sitting on a dune looking west across the sea at sunset.
Who really wrote that poetry, what caused that extra heat, and what’s really happening out on the horizon?
You’ll need experts for all that.
On sunset, scientists now have news this reporter finds it hard to keep a grip on.
You watch the reddening sun move down toward the horizon until the bottom edge of the bright disc drops behind the rim of the sea. The still visible portion of the sun morphs into various shapes as it moves inexorably down until it’s just a tiny point of light. Then, as you can plainly see, it is suddenly gone as the sun travels even further below the horizon.
Experts now tell us none of that is true. The sun isn’t moving down at all!
Instead, the earth beneath you is rolling backwards so that its rounded bulk is slowly rising up between you and the sun.
Incredible. You don’t sense this motion. The earth seems to be the steady one.
Of course, experts have long told us this — ever since Galileo’s trial in 1633 for concurring with astronomer Copernicus on the matter. And we believe them.
And yet, I still need to remind myself each time (if I think of it at all) when watching the sun set that it doesn’t.