Panel Discussion on Climate Change
Prof. Henry Pollack and his colleagues on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former vice president Al Gore. Pollack has been a professor of geophysics at the University of Michigan for more than forty years, travels regularly to Antarctica, and has conducted scientific research on all seven continents. He now serves as a science adviser to Al Gore’s Climate Project. He is the author of “A World Without Ice” which explores how for the first time in human history, the delicate relationship between human growth, rising industrial economies and what remaining ice there is in the world is at a dangerous precipice.
Dr. Sylvia Earle is clearly one of America’s great oceanographers and ocean explorers, who has been fondly called “Her Deepness” and a “living legend” by the Library of Congress. Dr. Earle is presently the National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and chair of the Advisory Councils for the Harte Research Institute and Ocean in Google Earth. She has led over 400 marine expeditions, and has chalked up approximately 7,000 hours underwater. She holds the world’s records in women’s solo diving and has walked untethered on the sea floor at a lower depth than any other human being. Sylvia was hailed as Time magazine’s first “hero for the planet” in 1998. She is also an expert on the impact of oil spills, and was called upon to investigate the catastrophes of the Exxon Valdez and Mega Borg.
Prof. David Montgomery is a geomorphologist teaching at the University of Washington in Seattle. He specializes in the evolution of geological topography and the influence of geomorphological processes on ecological systems and human societies. His research has taken him world wide, the Cascades in the US to the Andes and the Himalayas and Tibetan plateau. His most recent book “Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations” is an important study about the role soil has played in the rise and collapse of civilizations and societies