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Ep 43 The Bare Basics of Climate Science Explained

Climate Stew
Climate Stew
Ep 43 The Bare Basics of Climate Science Explained
Climate Stew Host, Peterson Toscano

Climate Stew Host, Peterson Toscano

Let’s talk climate science. With the help of Elizabeth Jeremiah and Marvin Bloom I present a simple primer behind the complex issue of climate change. You will get to hear Elizabeth’s very helpful analogy to tupperware, and Marvin dispels myths about volcanoes. We also get a very easy to understand short physics lesson thanks to the folks at Yale Climate Connection.

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Intro: With the ambient background sounds of steam heat, a washer machine, and my own post-holiday post-nasal drip, this Peterson Toscano with Episode 43 of Climate Stew Hello there, happy new year, and welcome Today we get down to the basics. While I weave in lots of science into this program, so far we have not dealt too directly with climate science. I will give a Climate Change 101 presentation with the help from some of my friends and fellow climate stew contributors, including Eizabeth Jeremiah and Marvin Bloom. To start us off with our climate change primer Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz from Yale Climate Connections speaks with Dr. Anthony Broccoli to deduce the cause of global warming

Yale Climate Connections:

To identify the cause of global warming, Doctor Anthony Broccoli of Rutgers University looks at the evidence just as Sherlock Holmes would. A review of physics leads to the primary suspect: heat-trapping greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide.

Statue of Sherlock Holmes

BROCCOLI: “The earth’s temperature is maintained by a balance between the energy coming in from the sun and the energy that the earth radiates back to space in the form of infrared energy. Greenhouse gases make it harder for that infrared energy to escape to space.”

So Broccoli deduces that the greenhouse gases humans emit into the atmosphere will trap additional heat and warm the earth. Observations support the theory.

BROCCOLI: “We see warming in many forms in weather stations on land, warming ocean temperatures, glaciers retreating, and less ice on rivers and lakes.”

Tracking the evidence on human-caused warming. CLICK TO TWEET

To determine if this warming can be explained by natural causes alone, Broccoli turns to computer models of the climate. They show that without human caused emissions, the earth’s climate would not have rapidly heated up, as it has over the last few decades.

So when you consider the evidence, it’s elementary, dear Watson . . . Recent global warming is primarily human-caused.

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.
Photo: Statue of Sherlock Holmes in London (copyright protected).

Blessing, Curse Green Road Sign Over Dramatic Blue Sky and Clouds.Main Section: Climate Change Basics

Peterson chats with Elizabeth Jeremiah who gives the analogy that CO2 (carbon dioxide) is very much like tupperware containers that stack up in her refrigerator. Marvin Blooms talks volcanoes and how they are not at all to blame for the warming of the planet.

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Author: Peterson Toscano

Peterson Toscano is a quirky queer Quaker concerned about Climate Change. His website is

This post has 2 Comments

  1. Glen Retief on January 13, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    I loved the Tupperware comparison to explain radiative forcing! And Elizabeth and Marvin’s fight about the Holy Ghost.

    • Peterson Toscano on January 13, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Haha great! Glad you like it. Thanks for the comment!!

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