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A Climate of progress: Finding the good news on energy and environment
Richard Alley, a renowned geoscientist, presents the 2021 Theme Semester keynote lecture for the College of Arts and Sciences.

We gain great benefits from our energy use, but the fossil fuels supplying most of that energy are causing highly damaging climate changes. Very strong evidence shows that we can use this knowledge to build a larger economy in a cleaner environment with more jobs, improved health, and greater national security more consistent with the Golden Rule. Students today are part of the first generation in human history with confidence that they can build a sustainable energy system, powering everyone essentially forever.

Nov 10, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Richard Alley
Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences @Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Richard Alley studies the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets to help predict future climate and sea-level changes. He has been honored for research, teaching, and service. He participated in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize), and provided advice to government officials from both major political parties including a U.S. vice president, multiple presidential science advisors, and committees and members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. He has authored or coauthored over 300 refereed scientific papers. He was presenter for the PBS television miniseries "Earth: The Operators’ Manual," based on his book. His popular account of climate change and ice cores, "The Two-Mile Time Machine," was Phi Beta Kappa’s science book of the year. He is happily married with two grown daughters, one stay-at-home cat, a bicycle, and a pair of soccer cleats.