Hoboken, NJ – The world’s most prominent climatologist, Dr. James Hansen, has won the 2011 Green Book Award from Stevens Institute of Technology’s Center for Science Writings. Hansen was selected for his book, “Storms of My Grandchildren”, which he will discuss at the April 27 event.
In his book, Hansen argues that the planet is hurtling even more rapidly than previously acknowledged to a climatic point of no return. Although the threat of human-caused climate change is now widely recognized, politicians have failed to connect policy with the science, responding instead with ineffectual remedies dictated by special interests.
Hansen, whose climate predictions have come to pass again and again, paints a devastating, all-too-realistic picture of what will happen if we follow the course we’re on. He argues that we will face dire consequences from global warming if we fail to curb fossil-fuel emissions by, for example, building more nuclear plants. But he is also an optimist, showing that there is still time to do what we need to save the planet.
Hansen is an adjunct professor at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University and at Columbia’s Earth Institute, and director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
John Horgan, Director of the Center for Science Writings, will present Hansen with the award on Wednesday, April 27, 2010, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m., in the Lawrence T. Babbio Center on the Stevens campus, Room 122. This event is free and open to the public.
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