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In response to NASA scientist James Hansen's paper, climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University affirmed: "If we cook the planet long enough at about two degrees warming, there is likely to be a staggering amount of sea level rise. Key questions are when would greenhouse-gas emissions lock in this sea level rise and how fast would it happen? The latter point is critical to understanding whether and how we would be able to deal with such a threat."
Noel Hinners *63, a geologist and soil scientist who guided NASA’s scientific probes deep into space, died of cancer Sept. 5, 2014. He was 78.