What The World Needs Now Is Climatology Education

L. DeWayne Cecil Wants You To Know More about Climatology Than You Do. Sharon Kleyne & L. DeWayne Cecil Believe Climatology Ignorance Is Not Bliss.

Guest: L. DeWayne Cecil, Ph.D., Western Region Climate Services Director for the NOAA-NCDC http://www.noaa.gov and http://www.climate.gov

Sharon Kleyne, host of the nationally syndicated The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on VoiceAmerica sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, is convinced that the reason we have so many global diseases and so few cures is lack of education. Schools do not teach evaporation and water vapor and the overwhelming impact both have on humans and their health. “Ever since the 19th century,” said Kleyne, “we have increasingly turned our backs on new research and gotten into the habit of treating symptoms; we don’t look for cures anymore.”

Fellow water researcher and Chief Climatologist L. DeWayne Cecil, Ph.D., couldn’t agree more with Kleyne’s assessment. “I am a Paleo-climatologist,” Cecil said. “I study tree rings, lake sediment and past climate change cycles to see if I can draw useful conclusions about current trends.” Cecil, formerly employed with the U.S. Geological Survey, also worked for a time at NASA where he specialized in satellite imaging to view climatic trends. Cecil’s current position is Western Region Climate Services Director for the NOAA-NCDC. “Water is extremely important in a balanced atmosphere,” Cecil said. “In the atmosphere, the climate is strongly affected by water.” Kleyne suggested that people have trouble understanding this and Cecil agreed, pointing out that his team’s education efforts included teaching people how ground water evaporates and rises, becoming a gas that not only gives life to the air we breathe, but also has the potential to change weather patterns and the climate.

“People need to know,” said Kleyne, also the founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, that evaporation is the process by which water is turned into a gas—a vapor—that enters the atmosphere and creates the air we breathe.“ Cecil added that our weather and climate were already experiencing dramatic changes, some of them life-threatening. “We’ll all be sorry,” Kleyne said, “if we don’t do a much better job educating the general public about evaporation, the water mist cycle and the climate.”

Cecil shared a similar commitment to education in his current work. “Much of our effort now is concentrated on education,” said Cecil. “We intend to involve citizens and stakeholders in developing solutions that are called for in specific areas,” Cecil explained. “I think of this as being proactive as we deal with drought, flooding, crop issues and many other situations.” He added that the NOAA-NCDC is making appropriate use of town hall meetings and symposiums across all six regions of the country.

Looking back on his own experience, Cecil recalled one of the earliest events that inspired him to become a scientist and researcher. “It was the photographs taken of the earth and space by the Apollo astronauts,” he said. “There was that beautiful blue marble,” Cecil said, “and I thought, ‘it really is a water planet!’”

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Would you like to share your thoughts on education and climatology? If you have comments or stories you’d like to share, we’d like very much to hear from you! You can reach us in the following ways. Sharon@biologicaquaresearch.com 800-367-6478 ~ Fax 541-474-2123 http://www.naturestears.com or on Twitter at @sharonkleynehr

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