Vice reports on discussion raised around Charlie Zender's AGU research presentation

Beyond just reducing our carbon emissions, some people have suggested that to combat climate change, we could pump small particles into the atmosphere to reflect more sunlight away from Earth, thereby cooling the planet. But this could seriously mess with humanity’s ability to see the stars, astronomers warned on Wednesday at the 229th American Astronomical Society Meeting in Grapevine, Texas.

Charlie Zender's research subject for Gizmodo story

Geoengineering is one of those things that sounds like maybe a good idea on paper but could also go horribly, apocalyptically wrong. But if the prospect of plunging Earth’s weather systems into chaos isn’t enough to convince scientists we need to tread very cautiously with the ultimate global warming tech-fix, perhaps this will: geoengineering could be a disaster for science.

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Eric Rignot quoted in The Washington Post

"Science likes to surprise us. That’s the extraordinary, mind-opening thing about it.

It’s possible that is now happening with one of the most stunning stories yet in the climate change saga — the finding that the enormous glaciers of West Antarctica appear to be retreating in an “unstoppable” way. It’s a process which, if it continues, could ultimately turn the West Antarctic ice sheet into an area of wide open ocean and raise global sea levels by 10 feet."

Zack Labe interviewed in Mountain Beltway, an AGU Blog

"Climate change science communication is not working. While broader public acceptance continues to grow, there remain significant challenges in how to tell this story. I’ve found that a big barrier exists in our science figures. Many times these plots are full of jargon, unclear labels, and/or poor choices of color schemes. I’ve used social media (Twitter) as an outlet for sharing science data and observations that (I hope) bridges the gap between science and non-science backgrounds."

Steve Davis cited in NY Times piece about the hard realities of climate change

A growing body of evidence suggests that the power plants, buildings, cars, trucks, ships and planes in use today are likely to emit enough CO2 over their lifetime for the world to miss that target. Coal plants alone could blow the carbon budget for 1.5 degrees C of warming, the lower threshold also mentioned in the agreement, unless they are shut down early.