He's known as the "sexiest" astrophysicist alive, host of Nova ScienceNow on PBS, and Stephen Colbert's favorite interviewee. Neil deGrasse Tyson may be more comfortable talking black holes and cosmic quandaries, but on Friday in Silicon Valley, as the Climate Talks wilted in Durban, Fresh Dialogues asked him to weigh in about climate change and he didn't disappoint. Beginning -- like any good scientist -- with the facts (evidence from chemistry, biology and geology), he made this challenge to climate deniers:
"You have to be mature enough to recognize something can be true even if you don't like the consequences of it. That's what it means to be a mature adult."
Tyson shared plans for "an experiment" he will describe during his next appearance on Jon Stewart's Daily Show (slated for February). Here's a preview:
"All climate scientists should announce they're going to take their entire life savings and invest in industries that will thrive under the conditions of global warming. All those in denial of global warming -- which tends to be some of the wealthier people of the nation -- won't do that. As global warming unfolds, that will be the greatest inversion of wealth the world has ever seen. (Read more...)