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San Diego Climate Researcher To Lead Vatican Discussion On Climate Change

Aired 4/29/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUEST:

Veerabhadran "Ram" Ramanathan, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Pontifical Academy of Sciences council member, will co-convene a conference on climate change and its effects around the world at the Vatican from May 2-6.

Veerabhadran "Ram" Ramanathan, Ph.D., is a distinguished professor of atmospheric and climate sciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

The latest buzz among climate scientists is the question, "is it too late?"

Several climate scientists have advanced the theory that we've missed our opportunity to mitigate climate change and now have to learn how to adapt. But that doesn't mean some of the leading climate scientists have given up.

Ram Ramanathan, distinguished professor of atmospheric and climate sciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, has been studying global warming since the 1970s. This weekend he has an audience with Pope Francis as the Vatican hosts a conference on climate change and its effects around the world.

“In spite of compelling evidence of unsustainable changes to climate and biodiversity, society has been slow to act,” Ramanathan said in a press release. “The heavy price for this inaction will be paid by more than 3 billion poor people earning less than $2 per day. We hope to understand why and explore pathways for sustainable development for all.”

“I’m hoping His Holiness will send a declaration based on our workshop that says, 'We should be good stewards of our planet,’” said Ramanathan. “Just that one sentence. That’s all I want.”

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Missionaccomplished | April 29, 2014 at 10:49 a.m. ― 3 months ago

It's a Liberal lie! -- Sean Innanity, Faux News

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Missionaccomplished | April 29, 2014 at 10:54 a.m. ― 3 months ago

"The concept of environmental stewardship originates with the first of the creation stories, in which God gives humans dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the animals of the land (Gen 1:1–2:4). Traditionally, Christians have distorted the mandate to “exercise dominion” to mean that creation was made for human beings and that we have a right to dominate and exploit creation for our own wants and needs. This has led to incalculable abuses of nature."

-- Professor David Rhoads, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago

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Citoyen | April 29, 2014 at 2:47 p.m. ― 2 months, 4 weeks ago

The interviewer repeatedly referred to the conference Dr. Ramanathan will be attending as a "conclave." It is not a conclave. A conclave is the meeting of the College of Cardinals where a new pope is elected. This is a scholarly conference. There's a rather large difference.

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