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Over the summer I saw a documentary* about climate change and was worried. Worried for the effect we, collectively, are having on the planet and worried, also, about how little I know about climate change. There are so many questions, and to answer these requires more knowledge of economics, science, politics and industry than I have. I was worried and bewildered. So I decided that if I have five basic questions I could set about answering them, through reading and asking people who know more than I do. I came up with:
The notes I am making look to separate the studies of how the climate has changed in the past and the models for what is predicted in the future. The notes also look to find interesting ways to present the information. When I first started, I thought that if the facts about various countries and biological systems were presented very beautifully, like the BBC nature documentaries, that would be enough. But now I think it would be more powerful if there were some stories about the people who did the research and who make the models. This is still, very much, a work in progress.
* The documentary I saw was 'The Planet' by Michael Stenberg, Johan Soderberg and Linus Torell and interviews Dr. Stephen Peake, Herman Daly, Lester Brown, Gretchen Daily, Norman Myers, Jill Jar, George Monbiot, Robert Costanza, Will Steffen and Jared Diamond.
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