The Godfather of Climate Science Turns Up the Heat
The article delves into a paper by James Hansen, often referred to as the godfather of climate science, and his colleagues. The paper, titled "Global Warming in the Pipeline," challenges existing climate models, suggesting that the world's climate is more sensitive to carbon emissions than previously understood. Hansen argues that the ambitious goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as outlined in the Paris Agreement, is unattainable, and even the less ambitious goal of staying under two degrees Celsius is doubtful. The article outlines Hansen's claim that aerosols, which cool the planet but are decreasing due to reduced air pollution, have masked the true extent of global warming. Despite skepticism and criticism from fellow scientists, Hansen emphasizes the urgency of understanding and addressing these climate risks, particularly for the well-being of future generations.