On Sunday night time’s Cosmos, Neil deGrasse Tyson tackled the problem of climate change head-on.
Tyson in contrast the carbon dioxide launched by “those damn volcanoes” with that from people’ coal and oil burning, and the outcomes are staggering. He discovered that the biggest estimate of all of Earth’s volcanic carbon emissions — 500 million tons of CO2 — is “not even two percent of the 30 billion tons of CO2 that our civilization is cranking out every year.”
It’s not a coincidence that Tyson selected yesterday’s episode to deal with climate change: Today, President Obama will launch his administration’s plan to cut back emissions from America’s energy crops. Watch Tyson’s phase, “Are we the problem?” (this is a touch: sure) at the Cosmos site.