New Awareness of Global Warming

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Scientists who believe we are on the road to an earthly hell of global warming — and that is the vast majority of scientists these days — are desperate to find a way to whack America with the two-by-four that will really wake it up to the danger they see. It's been tough, with a minority band of skeptics feeding a natural readiness to doubt.

But the warning megaphone is growing. Al Gore's movie has been a surprise box office hit. New books are making the melting, baking, collapsing face of a changing planet vivid. NASA's chief weather scientist James Hansen has been at the center of the battle he calls an epic race against time.

Hear a conversation with Hansen on global warming and the fight to win the public mind.


James Hansen, Director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences.

Elizabeth Kolbert, Staff Writer at The New Yorker and author of "Field Notes from a Catastrophe."

Chris Gardner, film reporter for Variety Magazine.

This program aired on June 21, 2006.


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