On Tuesday night, there was public panel discussion at the Boulder Theater in Colorado entitled "Climate Change on Earth and Other Planets," featuring David Grinspoon, curator of astrobiology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science; Jim Hansen of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and Brian Toon, a researcher at the University of Colorado's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, with a keynote address by Bill Nye "The Science Guy."
The panel was part of "Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets," a four-day conference produced by the Lunar and Planetary Institute bringing together astronomers and climatologist to discuss how studying the atmospheres of the Earth-like planets Venus and Mars, as well as Titan, the very Earth-like moon of Saturn, can help understand climate change here on our home planet.
The wildfires that have been raging throughout Colorado added a local layer to the lecture given by Hansen, who gained prominence as being the first scientist to sound the clarion call on the dangers of global warming, as he connected a warming planet to an increase in the frequency, temperature and destructiveness of wildfires.
Read more about the event at Westworld.
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