Astronomy reaches for stars in climate change debate

22 May 2020

The study of astronomy can “shed light” on the challenges the planet faces from climate change; according to a professor at the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy.

Professor John Tonry says, astronomers, astrophysicist and other scientists are looking at a range of climate-related issues, including the temperature of the sun, what will happen to the atmosphere of a warming planet, and even whether or not other planets in the solar system could be habitable.

And professor Tonry believes astronomers are in a good position to correct widely held misconceptions about how the Earth’s atmosphere is changing.

Daniel Dickinson began by asked Professor Tonry what astronomy can tell us about climate change.
 

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