Confessions of a Climate Scientist

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Confessions of a Climate Scientist

by James W. C. White
Southern Cultures, Vol. 29, No. 3: Snapshot: Climate

“What one generation does to change climate—such as add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere—the next generation must live with.”

I misspent my youth wandering the mountains of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina, spending as much time as I could on long camping trips into the backwoods. It was there that I found where my internal compass pointed, namely, toward a longing to understand how the earth and its environment worked, why and how it seemed to seamlessly function amid a bewildering array of interacting parts.