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Aug 26, 2015

Interview with Sarah Moffitt of the Bodega Marine Lab

Dr. Sarah E. Moffitt
Dr. Sarah E. Moffitt

Sarah Moffitt is an ocean and climate scientist with the University of California at Davis’ Bodega Marine Lab in Bodega Bay, California. Dr. Moffitt is an expert in the marine ecological consequences of abrupt climate warming. She received her doctoral training in paleoceanography, climate change, geochemistry and marine ecology from the University of California at Davis. Dr. Moffitt is interested in using past events to understand modern anthropogenic climate change.

We talk about how scientists study the global climate and how they build robust theories on how and why the planet warms. We then move to Dr. Moffitt's research in paleoceanography and marine ecosystems in the context of abrupt warming.

For a full list of her publications you can visit her website at

Bodega Marine Lab

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The A------ of the Week

Our A------ of the Week is President Barack Obama.

The Obama Administration has given final approval for Shell Oil Company to drill in the Chukchi Sea. Say it ain’t so!

This comes just two weeks after the release of the Clean Power Plan, a strong plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions. The President is also going to visit Alaska later this month to highlight the impacts of climate change, which he recently referred to as "one of the greatest challenges we face this century."

And now this. I don’t get it.

The United States is more self-reliant on energy now than it has been for many decades. The price of oil is bottoming out. There is a glut of oil on the world market. What is the impetus to drill in the Arctic?

Again, I don’t get it.

Hillary Clinton said in response, “The Arctic is a unique treasure. Given what we know, it’s not worth the risk of drilling.”

Exactly, it’s just not worth the risk.

President Obama, your record on protecting our natural heritage has been the greatest in the history of the United States. But like the Arctic itself, it can all be spoiled with a bad decision...just one bad decision.

So, for putting the once pristine Arctic at risk for no good reason at all, President Obama you are the Blue Streak Science A------ of the Week.

Shout-outs and Acknowledgments

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