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Dr. James Hansen heads the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and is Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's Earth Institute. He is one the first climate scientists to issue an urgent warning on climate change and has been embattled ever since – and stood his ground. Now, a quarter century later he speaks, campaigns, and issues scientific papers with an ever growing group of concerned scientists from across the world. He works with Bill McKibben on the campaign against the Keystone XL Pipeline, joined in civil disobedience and was arrested. Hansen has very clear ideas as to what needs to be done politically to face the immediate danger of climate change.
Thanks to the Commonwealth Club for allowing me to use their recording.
On December 4, 2012 Hansen received the Stephen Schneider Award for Climate Science Communication at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco. Schneider was Professor of Environmental Biology and Global Change at Stanford University and a major contributor to the IPCC.