September 5, 2012 (REVISED September 13, 2012) Peter Frumhoff to Discuss Climate Science and Policy, Oct. 2

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Ecologist Peter Frumhoff, in a lecture at the Library of Congress, will discuss whether scientific findings can or should inform the public discourse on climate-change policy.

He will present “Climate Science, Public Understanding and Climate Policy in the American Democracy: Lessons from an Experiment in Progress,” at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

The lecture, sponsored by the Library’s Science, Technology and Business Division, is free and open to the public. No tickets are needed.

Frumhoff will discuss results from his own ecological studies over the past several years and how this information can build an informed, pragmatic, science-based discussion. He will consider how lessons from history and the social sciences can build a more broadly shared understanding of climate risks and choices.

Frumhoff is the director of science and policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and chief scientist of the UCS Climate Campaign. He has published and lectured widely on the impact of climate change, climate science and policy, tropical forest conservation and management and biological diversity. He was the lead author of the 2007 Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

He has taught at Harvard University, the University of Maryland and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He also served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where he designed and led conservation and rural development programs in Latin America and East Africa. He holds a doctorate in ecology and a master’s in zoology from the University of California, Davis, and a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of California, San Diego.

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