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Copenhagen Climate Change Conference Experts

UC Riverside scholars are available to discuss the scientific evidence, economic impacts and moral issues surrounding the debate.

(December 11, 2009)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – As representatives from 192 nations gather in Copenhagen for the United Nations Climate Change Conference Dec. 7-18, scholars at the University of California, Riverside are available to discuss the scientific evidence, economic impacts and moral issues surrounding the debate.

They are:

Martin Kennedy, professor of geology, who is available to talk about the science behind global warming, how dangerous greenhouse gases can be, and the impact a political agreement would have on the world’s changing climate.

“One way to look at the present human influence on global warming is that we are conducting a global-scale experiment with Earth’s climate system,” he says. “We are witnessing an unprecedented rate of warming, with little or no knowledge of what instabilities lurk in the climate system and how they can influence life on Earth.”
(951) 827-2025

Mason Gaffney, professor of economics, who is available to discuss economic impacts and regulatory policies related to climate change.
(951) 827-1574

David Glidden, professor of philosophy, who can talk about the “moral difficulties of getting past our genomically programmed, short-term attitude toward problem solving in order to solve long-term problems (such as climate change) that extend beyond our children's lives into future generations.”
(951) 827-5208

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