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Politics of Climate Change Forum held at UAS Egan Building

The forum opened with a Thursday evening panel moderated by UAS Provost Rick Caulfield

Photo taken in the UAS Egan Library during the Evening at Egan Lecture.The keynote speaker for the 2011 Juneau World Affairs Council forum presented an Evening at Egan lecture on Friday, Nov. 11 at the Egan Library. "Is Long-term Climate Policy Politically Feasible?" was the title of the talk by Detlef F. Sprinz of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. The forum brought together international experts on climate change and the threat of water shortages, human rights concerns and international security.

Sprinz is a Senior Scientist with the Research Domain “Transdisciplinary Concepts & Methods” of PIK—Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, a Professor with the Department of Economic and Social Sciences at the University of Potsdam, Germany, and Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency, Copenhagen. In his talk Sprinz explored: What is the capacity for democratic institutions to respond to science? How can governments pursue long-term policies that impact large segments of society, where delay or failure to act prevents a return at least to the present state?

The forum opened with a Thursday evening panel moderated by UAS Provost Rick Caulfield. Setting the Stage featured four scientists on the current state of the science of climate change and the contrarian view: Brendan Kelly Deputy, Director of the Arctic Research Division of the National Science Foundation; Terry Chapin, one of the nation’s leading ecologists and the only Alaskan appointed to the National Academy of Sciences; Patrick Michaels, Senior Research Fellow for Research and Economic Development at George Mason University and Syun-Ichi Akasofu, International Arctic Research Center founding director (UAF). The JWAC forum ran through Sunday, November 12.

 
 

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