0. Elementary school educator, regrettably not a very good one due to my lack of training and preparation (real teachers are professionals) and my emotional entanglement with the two pupils.
1. Climate Scientist,
(a) Professor in the Center for Atmosphere Ocean Science within the Mathematics Department at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences,
(b) affiliated member of the Department of Environmental Studies and the Center for Data Science, and
(c) Associate Editor for the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society.
DERIVATIVES Ed Gerber, Eddie (dated)
ORIGIN Forename from my grandfather Edwin Rosenthaler (1921-1963), who was named after his grandfather, Edwin Howe (1868-?). P for Paul, also the middle name of my father. Surname traced as far back as my great-great-great-grandfather Abraham Gerber (?-1919), originally from Holland. His son Abel (1867-1931) had immigrated to Grand Rapids, MI by 1889.
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- The Astronomy Picture of the Day
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- How to survive graduate school
Global warming is real. We are causing it. We can stop it.
As scientist, I am hesitant to engage in the politics of climate change. In an ideal world, we should provide our expertise on the state of our planet, and what is likely to happen to it depending on the choices we make today and in the future. The question of how to respond to this information is an ethical and political matter. But the facts about what is happening – and whether we can do something about it – are not a matter of opinion.
There is overwhelming scientific evidence that people are warming the Earth beyond natural variability. This position is held by virtually all climate scientists, NASA, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the world’s most authoritative organization on climate change).
The question today is no longer if man-made climate change is happening, but how its challenges can be solved by human ingenuity. We must rapidly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in order to minimize the significant risks of climate change, such as more extreme heat waves, prolonged droughts and severe floods. Our actions will have lasting impacts on generations to come.
The above is the Tyndall Petition. Check out skepticalscience.com and realclimate.org to learn more about climate change and the effort to prevent it. We can stop global warming and maintain a vibrant, growing economy. The only thing we lack today is the will.