Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 8:00 PM (Click here to view a recording of this session.)
NOTE: Lectures this year will take place at Clarke Middle School at 17 Stedman Road in Lexington. GPS may not take you to the right location. Instead, follow GPS to Brookside Avenue in Lexington (not to 17 Stedman Road). Proceed to the end of Brookside, turn right, and you will be at the school.
Awareness of global warming has evolved greatly in the public, and the deniers’ voice is dwindling. Susan Solomon, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Science at MIT and member of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), will provide scientific information for everyone who wants to better understand the dual challenges of the science of climate change and the difficulty of reaching international agreement on policy to address it. Comparisons will be drawn between the current gridlock on climate change and the success of policy on ozone depletion (the Montreal Protocol).
Susan Solomon is a recognized world expert in atmospheric science. After receiving her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1981, she was employed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as a research scientist. Her research has provided key measurements and critical theoretical understanding of stratospheric ozone destruction. In 1986 and 1987, she served as the Head Project Scientist of the National Ozone Expedition at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, and made some of the first measurements that pointed toward chlorofluorocarbons as the cause of the ozone hole. In 1994, an Antarctic glacier was named in recognition of her contributions to polar science.