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Guest lecturer to offer 'Climate Change 101'

Submitted by Carin Stephens
Phone: 907-322-8730

09/26/08

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Photo courtesy of Michael Schlesinger
Michael Schlesinger
Atmospheric scientist and climate change expert Michael Schlesinger will visit Fairbanks and present a free public lecture Tuesday, Sept 30. The lecture, "Climate Change 101: Some Hard Truths You Should Know," will be held at the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel at 7 p.m.

Schlesinger will discuss the emission of greenhouse gases and how humans have contributed to global climate change. According to Schlesinger, reducing the emission of greenhouse gases is a "geopolitical problem of unprecedented scope."

Schlesinger is a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An expert in climate change modeling and simulation, Schlesinger was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He is the editor of four books, most recently "Human-Induced Climate Change: An Interdisciplinary Assessment".

The lecture is sponsored by the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and the Friends of Alaska Wildlife Refuges.

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The UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences conducts world-class marine and fisheries research, education and outreach across Alaska, the Arctic and Antarctic. 55 faculty scientists and 135 students are engaged in building knowledge about Alaska and the world's coastal and marine ecosystems. SFOS is headquartered at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and serves the state from facilities located in Seward, Juneau, Anchorage and Kodiak.