Al Gore and Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre present their global report on melting ice at the COP15 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
Also with Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Per Stig Møller and Greenland Premier Kuupik Kleist and Dorthe Dahl-Jensen. Dr. Bob Carell presents the summary of the report.
Gro Harlem Brundtland
Gro Harlem Brundtland was the prime minister of Norway in 1981, 1986-1989, and 1990-1996. From 2007-2009, she served as the UN special envoy on climate change. Dr. Brundtland was secretary general of the World Health Organization from 1998-2003. In 1983, the UN Secretary-General invited her to establish and chair the World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission), which published its report, Our Common Future, in April 1987. Before she began her political career, Dr. Brundtland spent ten years as a physician and scientist in the Norwegian public health system. She attended medical school at the University of Oslo and earned her master’s of public health from Harvard University.
Robert W. Corell, Vice President, is on a leave of absence from the Heinz Center through January 2010. He joined the Center as Global Change Director in December 2006. Before coming to The Heinz Center, Dr. Corell served as a Senior Policy Fellow at the Policy Program of the American Meteorological Society and an Affiliate of the Washington Advisory Group. He recently completed an appointment that began in January 2000 as a Senior Research Fellow in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Universityâ€™s Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Corell is actively engaged in research concerned with the sciences of global change and the interface between science and public policy, particularly research activities that are focused on global and regional climate change, related environmental issues, and science to facilitate understanding of vulnerability and sustainable development. He co-chairs an international strategic planning group that is developing a strategy designed to harness science, technology, and innovation for sustainable development, serves as the Chair of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, counsels as Senior Science Advisor to ManyOne.Net, and is Chair of the Board of the Digital Universe Foundation. Dr. Corell was Assistant Director for Geosciences at the National Science Foundation where he had oversight for the Atmospheric, Earth, and Ocean Sciences and the global change programs of the National Science Foundation (NSF). He was also a professor and academic administrator at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Corell is an oceanographer and engineer by background and training, having received Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees at Case Western Reserve University and MIT.
Dorthe Dahl-Jensen is professor of ice physics at The Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen. She is head of the Centre for Ice and Climate, where researchers focus on ice core data as the key to understanding the climate of the past, present and future. She also manages Danish International Polar Year's ice core drilling programme NEEM (North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling) on the Greenland ice sheet, a programme involving researchers from 14 nations. Dorthe Dahl-Jensen's research concerns reconstructing climate on the basis of ice core data and developing ice flow models with special focus on the development of the ice cap during previous warm climate periods.
Albert Arnold Gore Jr.
Albert Arnold "Al" Gore, Jr. was the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton.
Before that, Vice President Gore served in the U. S. House of Representatives (1977-85) and the U. S. Senate (1985-93), representing Tennessee.
A prominent environmental activist, he shares the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change."
Gore was the Democratic nominee for president in the 2000 election in which he won the popular vote by a plurality. A legal controversy over the Florida election recount, ultimately settled in favor of George W. Bush by the Supreme Court, made the election one of the most controversial in American history.
Today, Gore is chairman of the American television channel Current TV, chairman of Generation Investment Management, a director on the board of Apple Inc., an unofficial adviser to Google's senior management, and chairman of the Alliance for Climate Protection.
He recently joined venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, to head that firm's climate change solutions group.
Jakob Edvard Kuupik Kleist is a Socialist and Left-wing Greenlandic politician. He became the fifth Prime Minister of Greenland in 2009.
Per Stig Moller
Per Stig Moller is the current Foreign Minister of Denmark. He has been a member of Folketinget (the Danish national parliament) for the Conservative People's Party since 1984, and was Minister for the Environment from December 18, 1990 to January 24, 1993 as part of the Cabinet of Poul Schluter IV and Foreign Minister from November 27, 2001 as part of the Cabinet of Anders Fogh Rasmussen I, II and III.
Jonas Gahr Store
Jonas Gahr Store is the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, having been appointed to Jens Stoltenberg's third cabinet on 20 October 2009. He represents the Norwegian Labour Party.
Former Vice President Al Gore references new computer modeling to suggest that the north polar ice cap may lose virtually all of its ice within the next seven years.
"Some of the models suggest that there is a 75 percent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during some of the summer months, could be completely ice-free within the next five to seven years," says Gore.