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Will and Sam I meet up to discuss Day 2 of AGU, and begin by airing their disappointment at the cancellation of the ‘Frontiers of Geophysics’ lecture by ex-NASA Goddard chief James Hansen (thankfully this has now been rearranged for tomorrow). The dissatisfaction continues following a less-than-impressive defence, in one of the morning’s sessions, of a controversial recent study on the economic cost of a large release of Arctic methane.

Thankfully there are more positive things to be said about the Union Meeting, which this year focused on the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. In this episode Will also gives a rather nifty description of the difference between organic and inorganic aerosols, and there is a debate about the judgement of using the ‘smoking causes lung-cancer’ argument as a parallel for the ‘humans cause climate-change’ dispute.

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