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“I think we are bound to, and by, nature. We may want to deny this connection and try to believe we control the external world, but every time there’s a snowstorm or drought, we know our fate is tied to the world around us.” - Alice Hoffman
WHAT’S CLIMATE SCIENTIST JAMES HANSEN’S LEGACY?
By John Abraham, The Guardian: 

Just a few weeks ago, one of the biggest names in climate science made one of the biggest announcements possible. Dr. James (Jim) Hansensaid that he will “retire” from his duties at NASAto focus his energies elsewhere. This is a “retirement” that is anything but. Dr. Hansen has made clear that he will become more engaged in communicating climate science to the general public and he will continue to carry out the high-quality work which he is known for.
What does this mean for climate science and the future of the Earth? It is impossible to know now but instead of looking forward, I want to shine a light on what Jim has done for climate science, what he signifies to the larger public, and how he is viewed by current and upcoming scientists.
Within the scientific community, Jim is known for works of impeccable quality and importance. Climate science is a complicated topic, it involves many intersecting disciplines. It is rare indeed for anyone to be knowledgeable about the entire climate system – but Jim is. He is among the small handful of scientists that can speak authoritatively about virtually the entire myriad of climate/energy topics. I have read many of his articles, particularly from the 1980s where he used emerging computational tools and clever intuition to show us how sensitive the climate is to human interactions. More recently, he has expertly delved into the past climate (paleoclimate) to reinforce his earlier predictions with signs and symbols from Earth’s history. Throughout these decades, Jim has often been quicker to warn us about human-caused climate change than his colleagues. So far, his predictions have been proven correct.

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WHAT’S CLIMATE SCIENTIST JAMES HANSEN’S LEGACY?

By John Abraham, The Guardian

Just a few weeks ago, one of the biggest names in climate science made one of the biggest announcements possible. Dr. James (Jim) Hansensaid that he will “retire” from his duties at NASAto focus his energies elsewhere. This is a “retirement” that is anything but. Dr. Hansen has made clear that he will become more engaged in communicating climate science to the general public and he will continue to carry out the high-quality work which he is known for.

What does this mean for climate science and the future of the Earth? It is impossible to know now but instead of looking forward, I want to shine a light on what Jim has done for climate science, what he signifies to the larger public, and how he is viewed by current and upcoming scientists.

Within the scientific community, Jim is known for works of impeccable quality and importance. Climate science is a complicated topic, it involves many intersecting disciplines. It is rare indeed for anyone to be knowledgeable about the entire climate system – but Jim is. He is among the small handful of scientists that can speak authoritatively about virtually the entire myriad of climate/energy topics. I have read many of his articles, particularly from the 1980s where he used emerging computational tools and clever intuition to show us how sensitive the climate is to human interactions. More recently, he has expertly delved into the past climate (paleoclimate) to reinforce his earlier predictions with signs and symbols from Earth’s history. Throughout these decades, Jim has often been quicker to warn us about human-caused climate change than his colleagues. So far, his predictions have been proven correct.

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