Scientists on Climate Change and Nuclear Weapons
With April hosting Earth Day, the March for Science, and the People’s Climate March, it seemed like a natural month to highlight climate change for our monthly podcast. Too often, the media focus their attention on climate-change deniers, and as a result, when scientists speak with the press, it’s almost always a discussion of whether climate change is real. Unfortunately, that can make it harder for those who recognize that climate change is a legitimate threat to fully understand the science and impacts of rising global temperatures.
Ariel visited the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO and met with climate scientists Dr. Kevin Trenberth and CU Boulder’s Dr. Brian Toon to talk about what climate change is, what its effects could be, and how we can prepare for the future.
Dr. Trenberth is a distinguished senior scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), where he studies climate variability and change. He has been prominent in most of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Scientific Assessments of Climate Change, and is one of the most cited scientists in his field.
Dr. Toon is a professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. He has investigated the climate changes that killed the dinosaurs, climate changes after large volcanic eruptions, climate changes that follow a nuclear war, as well as the distant past and far future climates of Earth.
Are you near Boston on Saturday, May 6? Come join us at MIT as scientists and politicians talk about the new nuclear threats facing us today:
The growing hostility between the US and Russia — and with North Korea and Iran — adds new urgency to this conference, as do plans to spend a trillion dollars replacing US nuclear weapons by new ones that will be more suited for launching a first-strike.
This one-day event includes lunch as well as food for thought from a great speaker lineup, including Iran-deal broker Ernie Moniz (MIT, fmr Secretary of Energy), California Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Lisbeth Gronlund (Union of Concerned Scientists), Joe Cirincione (Ploughshares), our former congressman John Tierney, MA state reps Denise Provost and Mike Connolly, and Cambridge Mayor Denise Simmons. The focus will be on concrete steps we can take to reduce the risks.
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Richard spoke on the landscape of technical AI Safety research, and also led a round table discussion on near-term perspectives on the topic at the GMIC conference in Beijing, where Stephen Hawking also gave the primary keynote of the conference on motivation for the topic. Richard also spoke on the topic at the Swarm Agents Club association of startups and academics in Beijing. He also spoke on AI safety at the China Digital Collective forum in Shanghai.
Back in February, Viktoriya attended the FHI workshop on bad actors and AI, and this month she attended International Conference on Learning Representations.