In 1988 NASA scientist James Hansen issued a clarion call at the first Congressional hearings about human caused climate disruption. In the ensuing 25 years the science has become more clear and the need for energy transformation more compelling. Yet global carbon emissions are rising and a peak is nowhere in sight.
With a new round of IPCC reports on the horizon this conversation looks back at the last 25 years of climate science and communication. What lessons have been learned? What headlines can be expected from the upcoming IPCC assessment report? A conversation about science and communication in the era of rising seas and temperatures.
Andy Revkin, Writer, The New York Times Dot Earth Blog
Paul Hawken, Author and Entrepreneur
This program was recorded before a live audience on October 18, 2013.
Gregory Dalton is chief operating officer at the Commonwealth Club of California and Director of The Club's Climate 1 Initiative. He previously was international editor at The Industry Standard magazine, an editor for the Associated Press in New York, and a correspondent in China and Canada for the South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong newspaper.
Proficient in both Mandarin and Cantonese, he is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author who has dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. ‘Natural Capitalism,’ co-authored by Hawken, was cited by President Bill Clinton as one of the five most important books in the world. ‘Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming’ is his new book, a digital platform, and a call to action.
Andrew Revkin has spent nearly a quarter century covering subjects ranging from Hurricane Katrina and the Asian tsunami to the assault on the Amazon, from the troubled relationship of science and politics to climate change at the North Pole.
He has been reporting on the environment for The New York Times since 1995, a job that has taken him to the Arctic three times in three years.
In 2003, he became the first Times reporter to file stories and photos from the sea ice around the Pole. He spearheaded a three-part Times series and one-hour documentary in 2005 on the transforming Arctic.
Before joining The Times, Mr. Revkin was a senior editor of Discover, a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, and a senior writer at Science Digest. Mr. Revkin has a biology degree from Brown and a Master's degree in journalism from Columbia. He has taught environmental reporting as an adjunct professor at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism.
He lives in the Hudson River Valley with his wife and two sons. In spare moments, he is a performing songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who often accompanies Pete Seeger at regional shows and plays in a folk-roots band, Uncle Wade.
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