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“The Moral Math of Climate Change” did not impress me. I have always listened to SOF, and really enjoy most of the interviews. This one, however, left me cold.
I don't feel morally responsible for an increase of deaths caused by mosquitos whose population has increased because of "global warming." McKibben has not made his case. I feel responsible in a general sense, because I live in an advanced society which may not be doing enough to prevent tropical illnesses through the erradication of mosquitos. But the guilt trip just does not apply.
McKibben also states that because of evaporation Africa is getting drier. This seems straight out of the flat earth society.
The Sahara Desert alone is expanding southwards at an average of 0.8 km (½ mile) a month, and has been doing this for centuries, much longer than our impact on the earth's atmosphere.
Furthermore, if there is more water in the atmosphere through evaporation, then there should be more rain, not more draught.
The glaciars are melting in one part of the Antartica, but the ice pack in the Antartica is growing, and new glaciars are expanding (example the Perito Moreno in Argentina or the Hubbard glacier in Alaska.)
The claim concerning the saturation of CO2 in salt water needs some verification. I am not a chemical scientist, and my search did not reveal the result. But I doubt the claim. There have been large changes in the temperature of the earth in the past, these were not caused by human activity, was CO2 not involved in these?
In any case, the 20 minutes that I heard (while running) did not convince me. I look forward to another 20 minutes tomorrow.
I am disturbed by the lack of pointed questions. The assumption by Ms Tippet that she is being told the truth bother's me. In religion, understanding is important. In science, probing is necessary.
In any case, I love to listen, and will continue.