Friday, July 6, 2012

A cool video discussion on a hot topic--the temperature

 you are in the U.S. this week, you're very uncomfortably aware that it's HOT.

In many areas, temperatures are at 100-year record highs.

Heat waves, like the one we're presently trapped inside in the Northeast, get us all wondering about possible connections among the usual environmental suspects. Are global warming, drought, wild fires and sea-level rise all connected or just random events?

For a video discussion that touches on these topics, check out the Google+ Hangout below that took place last night.

Participants included: Stanford University Professor
 Noah Diffenbaugh; Princeton-based Andrew Freedman who writes for Climate Central; a physician, Doug Stetson, who has worked with the Department of Homeland Security, and two others--a westerner with an interest in weather effects on ranching and farming, and a graduate student from India who currently is studying here in the states.

Don't expect any definitive conclusions, but you will get to view and hear an interesting exchange.

And, if you are not familiar with Google +, you'll also see why the 'hangout' feature of this social-networking service offers great opportunities for free video meetings that you can organize, join in on, or simply watch.

Have you tried 
Google + (Google Plus)?  What do you think about it?  If you're also on other social media, like Facebook or Twitter, are you finding Google + to be more valuable in any way?  Less valuable? Just a waste of time? Please share your views in the comment box below. If one is not visible, activate it by clicking on the tiny 'comments' line.   

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