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TEDxPentagon – Rear Admiral David Titley, USN – Climate Change and National Security

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Oceanographer for the U.S. Navy, RADM David Titley discusses the hot topic of climate change, and its impending ramifications on national security. Listen as he details some of the top facts and figures you should know about climate change and your future, explained in terms that even the most unfamiliar with science would be able to understand.

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    EDOGG62
    January 3, 2017 at 3:06 am

    25% of the Barrier Reef has been destroyed as a result of climate change. This sort of thing has a direct impact on the food chain in our oceans. Then, our bees are dying. They of course play a huge role in our food suppl.y I'll never understand the zeal with which some attempt to deny science. Don't buy into the hype of Corporate America… follow the money. ALWAYS. It DOES suck… totally. I get it. No one wants to be inconvenienced in terms of their lifestyle. No one wants to think about mass refugees from Florida, coast Carolina, Boston, Manhattan, but it's already begun. Deal with it. It sucks. Tackle it head on.

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    EDOGG62
    January 3, 2017 at 3:06 am

    http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/

    http://www.noaa.gov/climate

    I'm truly sorry that the evidence (or the principles involved in the Greenhouse effect) doesn't fit with the thoughts of climate deniers, but it is what it is. It WILL be inconvenient. It WILL be expensive. But it IS our reality. I wish it wasn't. Denying it and putting off dealing with it doesn't help anyone. Time to stop trying to assign blame and start dealing with it.

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    Rod Martin, Jr.
    January 3, 2017 at 3:06 am

    First of all, becoming convinced that "climate change" is real is a bit anti-climactic. Climate has changed for nearly 4.5 billion years. Titley's statement is like saying, "Gosh, I just realized that the sun is real." Wow! A friggin genius.

    We live in an Ice Age! The governments want to cool down the planet. One word: Dumb! The reason should be obvious, but I'll spell it out. Life likes warmth and abhors cold. Just look at the population gradient from poles to equator. From zero people per square kilometer to 1,211 people per square kilometer in Java, near the equator. That's people. Now, compare the biodiversity ratings for various locations from pole to equator. Life needs warmth, water and nutrients. CO2 is a vital nutrient and plants have been starved for it ever since levels dropped below 800 ppm (2x today's levels) some 30 million years ago. That's when plants freaked out planet-wide and evolved several species of C4 to cope with the CO2 starvation.

    The notion that warming will somehow scorch the Earth is also nonsense. Global Warming made civilization possible 12,000 years ago. Do yourself a favor and learn enough science to understand what all that warming did to change conditions back then. What benefits did all that Global Warming realize? Surprise! We can use more of those same benefits today. Why will making Scandinavia tropical be safe for the tropics and everything in between? Earth has a temperature regulator called water (evaporative cooling and cloud shading). During the entire history of planet Earth, the global average temperature has not varied more than 5% because of water.

    Our Holocene interglacial is overdue to end and we still have those 2 little white things at the poles. When the Holocene does end, those 2 little white things will become HUGE! That's a threat to world security. Because civilization could not start before the relative warmth of the Holocene (one of over 2 dozen interglacials of the current Ice Age), after the Holocene is over, civilization will likely go bye-bye. That's not just a little destabilizing. That's TOTAL.

    You can tell that the discussion on "climate change" has become political instead of scientific when they mention "consensus." Science is never done by consensus (voting, popularity).

    And for those who still think "big oil" pays me money (I wish), look up Biggest Oil Rockefellers and "climate change," plus their UN front man, the late Maurice Strong (Canadian big oil). They are the originators of this "climate change" scam — changing the definition from "ancient, benign and natural" to "recent, dangerous and man made."

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    Simon Ruszczak
    January 3, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Libtard garbage.

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    Colin Ely
    January 3, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Thank God Donald Trump will be the next US President and idiots like Adm Tilley will be charged with Treason and thrown out of the Navy! CAGW has been discredited. Go speak to a real meteorologist like Anthony Watts!

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    dev1lsadv0cate
    January 3, 2017 at 3:06 am

    If climate change were a national security concern, we would be sending special forces to shut down coal mines. But we're not.

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    parabot2
    January 3, 2017 at 3:06 am

     99% of Scientists don’t believe in Catastrophic Man-Made Global Warming

    You’ve probably heard over and over that 99% of scientist believe in global warming well the opposite is true. That talking point came from a study where only 75 scientists said they believe in global warming on the other hand over 31,000 scientists have signed a petition saying they don’t believe in Catastrophic Man-Made Global Warming.

     Nature produces much more CO2 than man

    In 2014 NASA finally launched a satellite that measures CO2 levels around the globe. They assumed that most of the CO2 would be coming from the industrialized northern hemisphere but much to their surprise it was coming from the rainforests in South America, Africa and China.

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    James Cook
    January 3, 2017 at 3:06 am

    He went to a college and learnt about climate change, just like many others. Wow, so simple!

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    Jeremy Scott
    January 3, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Unfortunately for us if the Arctic melts shipping is a moot point because we will have upset so greatly the balance of the biological system in which we live and upon which we depend it we be an extinction level event.  Climate change is much more than changing weather patterns and coastline.

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    Andrew Shelton
    January 3, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Great talk… Only a navy guy would use that analogy for PPM :)

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    Mark Fey
    January 3, 2017 at 3:06 am

    It is as "natural" as a beaver dam is "natural".
    The real question is "Can good choices make a positive difference in the world our grandchildren will live in?"

    We are in the middle of a giant solar spill today…We call it a beautiful Summer day!
    

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    Bryan Kale
    January 3, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Iceland. Singapore of 21st Century. WOW..

    That's a new one…Peace from UFO

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    ge556
    January 3, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Pretty much ALL the climate experts say that THIS climate change is not natural.
    Of course, if you examine climate change events before people started changing the atmosphere, you will find that those were mostly natural.

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    jackie castle
    January 3, 2017 at 3:06 am

    yes i've considered it. i have not the means to do so today, saddly.
    j

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    christo930
    January 3, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Maybe you should do some videos aimed at conservative Christians.

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    jackie castle
    January 3, 2017 at 3:06 am

    they know not their word or they'd have no douvt, reading, revelation's 11:18
    And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and
    * shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth*.

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    Seán O'Nilbud
    January 3, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Clearly a mooslim commie

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    BaileysBeads
    January 3, 2017 at 3:06 am

    I like how the right denies science. Like history has shown, denying science is an unholdable position.

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    christo930
    January 3, 2017 at 3:06 am

    @AverageJoe8686 Yes, frozen to liquid loses size, but cooler to warmer increases volume. Thermal expansion will be a good deal of the sea rise, in addition to land based ice melting.

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    christo930
    January 3, 2017 at 3:06 am

    @Rovinpiper I am a libertarian and used to go with the GOP, but the gop has just gotten so much worse and now with the tea party (which is mostly social conservatives), I will vote libertarian if I get the option and D if I don't. But I agree, real conservatism does have good answers, but not social conservatism and not neocons and that is really all that is left in the GOP.

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    christo930
    January 3, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Every conservative in America needs to see this video. A conservative admiral lays it out for everyone to see. Unfortunately, there is a massive shift to the right, especially the religious right who are science deniers, going on right now in the US. Over the last 20 years the craziest people have hijacked the conservative party and we are in serious trouble.

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    ozarklily
    January 3, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Great speaker, non-alarmist, appreciated the delivery.

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    blazinchalice
    January 3, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Excellent presentation, it gives me hope that we can rationally deal with the challenges of climate change.

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