Environmental Breakfast Club Climate Change Series
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
The City of San Diego Environmental Services Department: Green Building Auditorium
9601 Ridgehaven Court
San Diego, California 92123
Climate Conversations: Climate Science, Climate Contrarian Views, Latest Research Issues, and Climate Policy Issues
Richard C. J. Somerville, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego Author of “The Forgiving Air: Understanding Environmental Change
The science of climate change has made rapid recent advances and can now provide useful results as input to the policy process. The 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report provides clear guidance for the greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed to limit global warming to specific target amounts such as 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial values, as adopted formally by the European Union. Despite the strong scientific consensus found by the IPCC concerning the reality and seriousness of global warming, worldwide emissions of the greenhouse gases that cause climate change continue to increase each year. The nations of the world are still far from agreement on how to act to reduce emissions.
Richard C. J. Somerville Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego Author of “The Forgiving Air: Understanding Environmental Change”
Richard Somerville is a theoretical meteorologist and an expert on computer simulations of the atmosphere. He received a Ph. D. in meteorology from New York University in 1966 and has been a professor at Scripps since 1979. His research is on the physics of clouds and their role in the climate system. His interests include all aspects of climate, including climate science outreach and the interface between science and public policy. He comments frequently on climate and environmental issues for the media. Richard Somerville has received awards from the American Meteorological Society for both his research and his popular book, The Forgiving Air: Understanding Environmental Change, a new edition of which will be published in 2008. Among many honors, he is a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Meteorological Society. He is a Coordinating Lead Author for the 2007 Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize equally with Al Gore.
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