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When the Stanford Professor Stephen Schneider died on a return flight from a climate conference in Sweden in 2010 the world lost one the great and courageous climate scientists. He and Prof. James Hansen risked their careers by researching and publishing on climate change since the 1980s and the world would be a very different place today had their warnings been heeded instead of denied and disparaged.
This conversation was recorded in March 2001 in the garden of Schneider’s home near the Stanford Campus. He had just returned from his work with the IPCC. Thousands of scientists are making contributions that are reviewed by the IPCC and then must be approved line by line by all 120 plus member nations. Governments such as the US, China, Saudi Arabia often exercise their veto rights over final publication.
The 2001 IPCC report was the strongest so far and Schneider was commenting on the proof of warming in the movements of plants, animals and ice. He explains how temperature records are established over 1,000 year time period and how the last 100 years show an increase that is off the charts. He ends with his vision of a cooperative world – the only way the climate crisis can be resolved.
Dr. Stephen Schneider was professor in the Biological Sciences Department at Stanford University and former Department Director at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado. Schneider was also Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Reports.