Just Disserts

October 3, 2007

Combating Climate Change's Double Whammy

Scientist Katey Walter tells Gelf how the melting Siberian permafrost is releasing tons of greenhouse gases into the air—and why that might be a good thing.

J. Michelangelo Stein

Quaint, anachronistic, perhaps extinct. Is this the state of the so-called "public-intellectual"? It would be easy to launch into a jeremiad lamenting the sad reality that Christopher Hitchens is postmodernity's answer to Ralph Waldo Emerson. Instead, Gelf plans to intermittently drag young academics out from their unendowed folding-chairs to talk to us about how their research is changing the world.

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- Just Disserts
- posted on Apr 23, 08

The expedition Alaska documentary is one of the worst I've ever seen. I live in Alaska and I could tell that those who made the movie and some researchers (e.g. Walter) did not know what they were talking about. Isn't she an ecologist? What does she know about permafrost, glaciers, sea ice and polar bear??? Not much apparently. Very alarmist, very sensationalist, hollywood style...waste of time!

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