In December 2015, 195 nations adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate agreement. Aimed at setting the world on track to limit global warming to below 2°C, the accord lays out an action strategy in five areas, and calls upon not only governments but corporations, organizations, and individuals to sign on to prevent disastrous climate change and to mitigate damage already occurring. What happened in Paris to reach this historic agreement? What was it like to be in those discussions? What will happen next? Come to meet an eminent scientist who was at the Paris talks!
Emeritus Professor Henry Pollack is an internationally-renowned scientist working in geophysics and climate science throughout his long and distinguished career. He earned his Ph.D. here and has been on the faculty since 1964. He was on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that won the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore in 2007; he is a Fellow of AAAS, AGU, and GSA; in October 2015 he and his wife Lana were jointly honored with a lifetime achievement award by the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. He is an active consultant for the National Research Council and is the author of A World without Ice and Uncertain Science…Uncertain World. He has conducted scientific research on all seven continents and may be the only person you’ll ever meet who travels regularly to Antarctica.