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Texas’ State Climatologist on What We Know About Climate Change – And How We Know It

When Pres. Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, it served as a reminder that, while nearly all the rest of the planet has come together to pledge a willingness to do something about human influence on our changing climate, there’s still disagreement in political ranks here […]

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When Pres. Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, it served as a reminder that, while nearly all the rest of the planet has come together to pledge a willingness to do something about human influence on our changing climate, there’s still disagreement in political ranks here over exactly what to do.

And there are still some folks who just don’t believe in climate change — period. As astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson is fond of saying, “the good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.”

With that in mind, we turn to Texas State Climatologist John Nielson-Gammon to discuss the science of climate change – what we know, and how we know it. And we’ll (try to) leave the politics out of it.

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