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Confronting Our Carbon Emergency

Wally Broecker

  • Newberry Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

Recent findings of new oil and gas reserves ensure that cheap fossil fuels will be available for decades to come; renewable-energy production is proceeding at a snail’s pace; and Congress will be incapable of confronting the challenges of climate change. In this talk, geochemist Wally Broecker will argue that we must face our carbon emergency head-on with intensive investigations into air capture and albedo modification.

Wally Broecker is considered the “grandfather of climate science" and is the recipient of the Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Climate Change Research, one of the world's largest science prizes. He is well-known for linking the ocean's global conveyor belt to climate changes. Broecker has made major contributions to the science of the carbon cycle. He has advanced our understanding of climate change and has provided invaluable information on which to base strategies for dealing with global warming.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.