"Grandfather of climate change" James Hansen at Sydney

2 March 2010

One of the world's leading climate change authorities Dr James Hansen will speak at the University on Monday in his only public Sydney address.

Dubbed the "grandfather of climate change", Dr Hansen has been at the forefront of the global warming debate for decades and is best known for his testimony to the US Congress in the late 1980s, which helped raise wide awareness of global warming.

In his Sydney Ideas lecture titled "After Copenhagen: Looking for Real Solutions", Dr Hansen, a climatologist who is a proponent of nuclear energy and an opponent of carbon emission trading schemes, will discuss the most workable options for tackling climate change in the future.

Dr Hansen is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's Earth Institute and will also discuss his views on carbon - he supports a carbon tax - and the need to leave huge coal reserves throughout the world in the ground. Climate change, he has said, "is not a problem where you can compromise…. We have to phase out the carbon dioxide emission over the next several decades. And frankly, that means phasing out coal emissions."

According to former US Vice President Al Gore, Dr Hansen, is one of the most influential experts in the field today. "When the history of the climate crisis is written," Gore told Time magazine, "Hansen will be seen as the scientist with the most powerful and consistent voice calling for intelligent action to preserve our planet's environment."

In addition to his post at Columbia's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Dr Hansen is director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York and has been an active researcher in planetary atmospheres and climate science for 40 years. He helped create one of the first climate models to predict how the world would heat as a result of greenhouse gases.

Dr Hansen is also the author of the recently released Storms of My Grandchildren - The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Chance to Save Humanity (Allen & Unwin) and was named as one of the world's 100 most influential people of 2006 by Time.

Dr Hansen's Sydney Ideas lecture is co-presented with the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and the Centre for Human Aspects of Science and Technology (CHAST). Dr Hansen is in Australia as a guest of Intelligence Squared Australia.

Event details:

What: "After Copenhagen: Looking for Real Solutions" - Dr James Hansen at Sydney Ideas, the University of Sydney's international public lecture series.

When: 6.30pm on Monday, 8 March, 2010.

Where: Seymour Theatre Centre, Cnr of City Road and Cleveland Street, University of Sydney.

Cost: $20 Adults/$15 Concession. Free tickets are available for University of Sydney staff and students from the Seymour Centre box office only. Please take ID.

Bookings: Seymour Centre Box Office ph 02 9351 7940 orBook online

Contact: Katrina O'Brien

Phone: 02 9036 7842

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