Climate Scientist James Hansen speaking locally next month

Posted on: January 9th, 2020 by Brent Gotsch
Dr. James Hansen, Columbia University Climatologist will be speaking locally on February 6, 2020.

Dr. James Hansen, Columbia University Climatologist will be speaking locally on February 6, 2020.

 

Dr. James Hansen, Columbia University Climatologist and former Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, will be giving a talk about climate change with a focus on the Catskill Region next month. “Catskill Conversation  with James Hansen” will discuss the current climate emergency and be the inaugural event of the Youth Empowerment and Sustainability Summit (YESS) that will take place at the Ashokan Center. The talk will be given on Thursday, February 6 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm at Kingston High School located at 403 Broadway in Kingston, NY. Suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for children and students. The talk will be followed by a question and answer session.

Dr. Hansen was trained in physics and astronomy at the University of Iowa. His early research on the clouds of Venus helped identify their composition as sulfuric acid. Since the late 1970s, he has focused his research on the Earth’s climate, especially that of anthropogenic climate change. Dr. Hansen’s testimony before congressional committees in the 1980s helped raise awareness about climate change. Dr. Hansen was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995 and was designated by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people on Earth in 2006. He has received numerous awards including the Carl-Gustaf Rossby and Roger Revelle Research Medals, the Sophie Prize and the Blue Planet Prize.

Climate change is affecting precipitation levels in the Catskills that in turn impact our streams. Climate change has been creating conditions that favor extreme weather events such as floods and prolonged droughts. All of which have a significant impacts on stream and riparian ecosystems.

Registration for the program can be accessed by clicking this link.

Dr. James Hansen testifying before Congress about Climate Change in 1988.

Dr. James Hansen testifying before Congress on the topic of Climate Change in 1988.

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