Wednesday, 21 January 2009

NASA Can Help Tackle Climate Change

Now heres an idea, why not change to focus of NASA to tackle climate change. I'm all for scientific research, but were 10 years away from the point of no return on climate change and little is being done to reduce emissions. NASA are a vast, experienced, respected body that could help find some answers. Once we are back on track NASA can return to space exploration.

Some suggestions on wahat they could do from Scientific American
* Develop an integrated, global plan for energy and the environment.
* Open NASA facilities to "green tech" companies.
* Create an energy/environment data center.
* Increasing public participation in green programs.

Climate change cannot be tackled without the participation of the public, and NASA is well-positioned to help connect the public with the exciting research being undertaken on ways to address our energy and climate change problems.

NASA's primary function has been the exploration of the solar system. Along the way, however, it has contributed greatly to our understanding of Earth.

The Scientific American article was written by:
WILLIAM MARSHALL, a scientist at NASA Ames Research Center.
JAMES CLAY MOLTZ, an associate professor at the Naval Postgraduate School.

NASA have already done this.

And James Hansen, NASA scientist and head of the Goddard Institue of Space Studies, says current policies are not working and that the U.S. must lead, not drag its feet on climate change. He says cap-and-trade has not worked to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. does not even have a national policy for cap-and-trade. Hansen is calling for a direct carbon tax on emissions.

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