Telling the Good News, Too - Discussing Climate


Telling the Good News, Too - Discussing Climate

Presented by the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program

Communicating on climate is not always easy. Good news does exist—strong scholarship shows that, compared to “business as usual”, efficient use of the solid knowledge on energy and environment will yield major benefits, potentially including a larger economy with more jobs, greater national security and improved human health in a cleaner environment more consistent with the Golden Rule. Yet, many people in the USA and elsewhere continue to resist the science or its implications. This failure undoubtedly has many causes, but frequent communication of bad news rather than good seems important. Enlisting the full breadth of people who use and benefit from the science, including military leaders, farmers, and businesspeople as well as artists, teachers and medical experts, may move the discussion in helpful ways.

Richard Alley, PhD 

Dr. Richard Alley is Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences at Penn State. He studies the great ice sheets to help predict future changes in climate and sea level, including multiple trips to Antarctica, Greenland, Alaska, and elsewhere. He has been honored for research (including election to the US National Academy of Sciences and Foreign Membership in the Royal Society), teaching, and service. Dr. Alley participated in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize), and has provided requested advice to numerous government officials in multiple administrations. He has authored or coauthored over 300 refereed scientific papers. He was presenter for the PBS TV miniseries on climate and energy Earth: The Operators’ Manual, and author of the book. His popular account of climate change and ice cores, The Two-Mile Time Machine, won the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science.

Richard Alley

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