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Posted Sat Mar 21 2009: from iAfrica:
A terrifying profession
Being a climate scientist these days is not for the faint of heart. Arguably no other area of research yields a sharper contrast between a steady stream of "eureka!" moments, and the sometimes terrifying implications of those discoveries for the future of the planet. "Science is exciting when you make such findings," said Konrad Steffen, who heads the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder, Colorado. "But if you stop and look at the implications of what is coming down the road for humanity, it is rather scary. I have kids in college -- what do they have to look forward to in 50 years?"
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'Doc Michael says:
Konrad -- we can so relate.
The personal side of these true 'Docs -- the scientists with PhDs and real expertise -- represented in this article is sometimes heartbreaking. We all have to find ways of communicating how urgent action must be taken, if we are to be able to recognize our planet, in twenty years.

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