October 27, 2014
Nov. 6 Chancellor's Forum With Penn State's Alley on Understanding Climate Change
We hear about climate change and its effects every day in the news, but how many of us really understand the science behind the news?
Join us as we welcome Richard B. Alley, Ph. D., of Pennsylvania State University, who will discuss the science of climate change, how it occurs, what causes it, and what can be done to stop it at a Thursday, Nov. 6 Chancellor's Forum.
Dr. Alley is the Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at Pennsylvania State University, and has ranged from Antarctica to Greenland to help learn the history of Earth's climate and whether the great ice sheets will fall in the ocean, flooding our coasts. With more than 240 scientific publications, Dr. Alley has served on many advisory panels. He participated in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He has been asked to provide advice to the highest levels of government, and been elected to the US National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society. He hosted the recent PBS miniseries Earth: The Operators' Manual, and has been compared to a cross between Woody Allen and Carl Sagan for his enthusiastic efforts to communicate the excitement and importance of the science to everyone.
After Dr. Alley's presentation, Robert B. McKinstry Jr. will provide some brief comments on what is being done from a technical and legal perspective to combat climate change.
McKinstry is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Ballard Spahr LLP, where he heads the firm's Climate Change and Sustainability Initiative. He was counsel of record for the group of amici climate scientists supporting the petitioners in Massachusetts v. EPA, the 2007 Supreme Court decision that held that the EPA has the authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
This program is free and open to the public and begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for nonmembers. Click here to register.