After Copenhagen: Looking for real solutions

Professor James Hansen
8 March 2010



Watch the video

James E Hansen, Climatologist and Adjunct Professor, Columbia University

James Hansen is director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Trained in physics and astronomy in Dr James Van Allen’s space science program at the University of Iowa, Hansen is best known for his Congressional testimony on climate change in the 1980s that helped raise broad awareness of global warming. He has been an active researcher in planetary atmospheres and climate science for nearly 40 years, with the last 30 years focused on climate research, publishing more than 100 scholarly articles on the latter topic.

Elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 1995, Dr Hansen has received numerous awards, including the WWF Conservation Medal from the Duke of Edinburgh, the American Geophysical Union’s Roger Revelle Medal, and the Heinz Environment Award. In addition to numerous testimonies given to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, Dr Hansen has also twice made presentations to President George W. Bush Administration’s cabinet level Climate and Energy Task Force, chaired by Vice President Richard Cheney.

While Dr Hansen’s work has evolved from space science to climate science, it has constantly sought to make the results of that work widely available to the public. Time Magazine designated Dr. Hansen as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2006, a tribute to his continuing efforts to serve the public through his scientific work.

IQ2 Australia logo

James Hansen is in Australia as a guest of Intelligence Squared Australia Intelligence Squared Australia for the first of their Melbourne debates.


This 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).

US Studies Centre logo