Tonight we discuss climate change and the science that studies the greenhouse effect and the changes it has created and still might be bringing to our planet and our way of life. We will tell the story of how scientists all over the world measure changes in our environment and how their research is actually done, described by Dr. Weinstock who spent from 1978 until 2009 as Staff Scientist and Scientific Program Manager at Harvard University. We will confront the counter stories to climate change that charge that scientists have formed a conspiracy to push the ideas of a changing world or that there is simply not enough real evidence to demand that we take serious steps to reduce our carbon footprint. While we will speak about the environmental degradation that we now see about us but we will end on a positive note relating how much is being done to stop the dangerous processes now developing on our beautiful planet. When faced with a similar global problem of stratospheric ozone depletion, scientists carried out research that proved that fluorocarbons put into the atmosphere by mankind were destroying the ozone layer and caused the Antarctic ozone hole. Accordingly, worldwide government regulations were instituted that have already done much to reverse the ozone depletion problem. Facing the current problem of climate change, countries like Germany have gone a lomg way to creating natural, renewable sources of energy to replace both nuclear and carbon-based sources of power. Nevertheless, global cooperation and solutions are required.
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