Neil deGrasse Tyson Takes on Climate Change in A Big Way

Neil deGrasse Tyson has talked about climate frequently already in previous episodes of “Cosmos,” but this Sunday, the entire show was about it.

His main argument points out that we’ve been aware of the greenhouse effect since at least 1896, and we have known about the value of solar power since at least 1878. There is no technological or practical reason why we can’t save our planet.

  1. #1 by cav on June 2, 2014 - 10:51 am

    The fact that there is life on a planet, of the variety and intricacy we can enjoy, is the result of a series of happy accidents and improbable constellations that defy belief.

    And we’re shitting all over it.

    We may wake up, but by then the hang over will be immense.

  2. #2 by cav on June 2, 2014 - 11:30 am

    …and isn’t deGrasse Tyson a Kenyan Muslim name anyway?

  3. #3 by Nathan Erkkila on June 2, 2014 - 1:51 pm

    And as we see more technology coming up, I am optimistic about our future.

  4. #4 by Anonymous on June 2, 2014 - 2:00 pm

    Ah have no fear, despite events far more terrible and destructive than humans have yet to be, eukaryotes, the building blocks of all life (cells with a nucleus) have been around for over a billion years.

    Take heart, we are just Jonny come lately, and when we destroy our environ then away we go.

    Did I mention that 99% of the complex organisms ever evolved are now extinct? We may well be the means of it this time, so either way save it or destroy it, the world does what it wants.

    • #5 by Nathan Erkkila on June 2, 2014 - 2:09 pm

      The difference is that we are not an ordinary species. We are Gods compared to the other 99% of life. As it stands right now, we can prevent it from getting worse and in 100 years, we could possibly find a way to reverse it. The question is in the 21st century, are we as a species going to embrace technology or are we going to succumb to religious right wing fundamentalism and end up collapsing our civilization like the Islamic empire?

  5. #6 by cav on June 2, 2014 - 4:20 pm

    Civilizations and empires collapse in part because somebody better adapted to the vicissitudes and consequences of what’s come before traipses along and somehow gets the upper hand. Bugs or robots, we’re by no means the end product.

  6. #7 by Anonymous on June 2, 2014 - 8:50 pm

    We are not an ordinary species?

    Says you.

    Consider that we are no different than any other earth change catastrophe, once you get over the fact that could be all you are.

  7. #8 by Anonymous on June 2, 2014 - 9:05 pm

    You place far too much emphasis on ideology and red team, blue team dynamics. If your ass is still in a car seat today, you are no different than Rush Limbaugh.

    The world doesn’t give a fiddle for what you imagine yourself to be.

    What if if shredding is what humans were evolved for? Can you deal with that possibility? If you drive,and you obviously blog you live in the per capita most wasteful nation on Earth as far as caloric entropy is defined…

    As Einstein alluded, there is no escaping the 2nd law of thermodynamics…he claimed it is the most immutable law under which we exist.

    Can we keep the butt wipe industry?

  8. #9 by Larry Bergan on June 2, 2014 - 9:56 pm

    I’m waiting for that episode, but I’ve seen all the rest. Tyson and the “cosmos” crew is doing a great job of sparking our imaginations.

  9. #10 by Larry Bergan on June 7, 2014 - 4:48 pm

    Saw the episode on climate change today. What a strong case for solar energy. Cheney and the Koch’s are NOT happy with Mr. Tyson.

    • #11 by Richard Warnick on June 7, 2014 - 6:13 pm

      Don’t miss the season finale tomorrow night, 8 pm on channel 13.

      • #12 by Larry Bergan on June 8, 2014 - 4:11 pm

        Thanks Richard, I was wondering how many episodes there were. Is there going to be a second season?

        I have learned about many scientists that I have never heard of before, from the program. I’m going to miss not having new episodes, but I bought all of them, so I can watch them again.

        • #13 by Richard Warnick on June 8, 2014 - 9:51 pm

          Neil deGrasse Tyson has said that he probably wouldn’t host a second season of “Cosmos,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be a second season.

          • #14 by Larry Bergan on June 9, 2014 - 7:56 pm

            I watched the last episode and it seemed pretty final, but I hope there’s going to be a second season and I hope the production qualities are as good as this one.

            That was a great finale! Carl Sagan’s lovely reflection on “the pale blue dot”, with those stunning images of the earth. Fantastic.

    • #15 by Nathan Erkkila on June 7, 2014 - 6:50 pm

      Oh? For people who are so money-centric, they really do like holding on to a product that won’t be around forever.

  10. #16 by cav on June 8, 2014 - 11:03 am

    Neil deGrasse Tyson concludes Cosmos making the point we are a tiny pale blue dot in a vast sea of nothingness squandering everything we have yet somehow he remains optimistic that we’ll figure something out bc we’re clever.

  11. #17 by Larry Bergan on June 8, 2014 - 4:28 pm

    I wonder why we can’t get in here with the “comment” button anymore.

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