Obama Picks For Science Advisor, NOAA Head Strong on Climate Change

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You probably have heard the news that Barack Obama will have two more top notch scientists who have advocated for strong limits on greenhouse gas emissions on his team: Oregon State University marine biologist Jane Lubchenco to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and physicist/environmental policy expert John Holdren of Harvard and the Woods Hole Research Center to be Assistant to the President for Science and Technology.

The choices have been widely hailed, but what really stands out to me is the way in which Holdren has described current climate change policy as like, "being in a car with bad brakes driving towards a cliff in the fog." (LA Times)

Here's more of what Holdren has said about climate change that gives me some hope that the issue will be taken seriously at the highest levels of US government:Holdren: "There is Still a Chance to Avoid Catastrophe"
Holdren told Dot Earth that,

I am one of those who believes that any reasonably comprehensive and up-to-date look at the evidence makes clear that civilization has already generated dangerous anthropogenic interference in the climate system . What keeps me going is my belief that there is still a chance of avoiding catastrophe.

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Lubchenco Gets the Intersection of Population Growth, Resource Over-Consumption
This quote from Lubchenco on the challenges we are collectively facing is also quite encouraging,
The explosive growth of the human population, the unsustainable rate at which we're using resources and generating wastes, the increased inequity within and among every country are collectively responsible for these massive global changes. (Oregon State University

More on Holdren and Lubchenco: LA Times, Dot Earth and Woods Hole Research Center (press release)

photos: Woods Hole Research Center (top) and Oregon State Univ. (bottom)
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