Earth Protection P.S.

Title slide for lecture by Riley Duren at JPL, with annotation by Terry, Feb 14, 2013
Title slide for lecture by Riley Duren at JPL, with annotation by Terry, Feb 14, 2013

 

Coincidentally, immediately after my last post – making reference to the importance of Earth protection and our meager atmospheric protective shield, I learned that a Riley Duren would be speaking at JPL on Feb 14 about that very subject. Specifically on global warming and the geoengineering research being conducted to save our planet from it. I am happy to report that Dr. Duren is more supportive of the idea of mitigation than geoengineering (i.e. let’s try to do everything we can to stop, or lighten, this global warming we have started before we resort to the extravagant, and expensive, engineering methods to stop it). Dr. Duren’s lecture would probably win a riffingonbooks award if I were handing them out (maybe I will start!), for he was not afraid to tackle the tough, controversial questions, and he spent considerable time addressing the need for cross-discipline and public participation in the challenges we all face due to global warming. The scientists cannot solve this problem alone, he told us. We need the public, leaders, legislators, physical and social scientists, etc. involved because the work and decisions are so complex as to need the input of everyone. I will write a full post about this lecture and subject after I complete the next few posts on Mars and space exploration.

Will post my next piece about Mars in a day or two. I am just waiting for the scientist I interviewed in northern California to get back to me with the answers to a couple of follow-up questions.

 

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Terry Bailey is a new media author, musician and digital fine artist. Her first new media novel is a podcast, Light 1.0, available on iTunes (being published serial style). It has been a hit since it first launched in 2005, still receiving more than 6000 downloads per month. Terry is currently working on a second interactive multimedia biography and memoir, and an iBook version of Light 1.0. Terry's digital fine art has been exhibited internationally since she began painting in the computer in 1989.

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