Climate Scientist Alex Hall - Don’t Ask Me If Global Warming Has Us Totally Screwed (Especially When I’m Drinking)
Zócalo Public Square In the Green Room interview with IoES and Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Professor Alex Hall.
Alex Hall studies the climate system from both regional and global perspectives as a professor in the UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Before participating in a panel on learning to live with climate change, he talked awkward cocktail party questions, his butterfly stroke, and ugly hand-me-down furniture in the Zócalo green room.
Q:What’s your favorite thing about Los Angeles?
A:The way it’s changing and developing. It seems like it’s becoming a much more sustainable city. The burgeoning public transit network here is exciting, and the development of new neighborhoods that are now walkable is a lot of fun. I like the direction that L.A. is heading.
Q:How are you different from who you were 10 years ago?
A:I would say that my life is much better defined. When you’re in your late 20s and early 30s, you’re still really scrambling to define yourself. And I think when you reach where I am now—I’m 41—you kind of feel like your life is very defined, and you know exactly what you’ll be doing for quite a while.
Q:What’s the craziest question you’ve ever been asked about climate change?
A:There’s a question that comes up a lot at drunken cocktail parties, which is, “Are we totally screwed?” I never know how to answer that. Partially because I’m usually drunk myself but also because that’s very open-ended.
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Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013