Former IPCC Chair to Give Climate Keynote

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The former chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will deliver the keynote address at a conference on “Global Climate Change Policy Without the United States: Thinking the Unthinkable,” on Friday, Nov. 9 at Yale Law School.
Sir Robert Watson, who was IPCC chair from 1997 to 2002, will talk at 4:30 p.m. in room 127 of the law school, with a reception to follow in the dining hall at 6 p.m. The two-day conference program will feature experts from a variety of disciplines discussing how climate change should be addressed without U.S. leadership.
Watson has worked on atmospheric science issues, including ozone depletion, global warming and paleoclimatology since the 1980s. He has held a number of internationally prominent posts, most recently as chief scientific advisor to the United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
He is the former chief scientist and director for environmentally and socially sustainable development at the World Bank. Prior to joining the World Bank, he was associate director for environment in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy under President Clinton. He also served as director of the science division and chief scientist for the Office of Mission to Planet Earth at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
He has received many national and international awards and prizes for his contributions to science, including the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility in 1993, the insignia of Honorary Companion of St. Michael and St. George from the British government in 2003, and the Blue Planet Prize in 2010. In 2012, he was knighted by the British government.
The conferenceis co-sponsored by the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund at Yale Law School, Yale Climate & Energy Institute and Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy. The talk and conference are free and open to the public, but registrationis required for events on Saturday, Nov. 10. For information, visit,or contact Susanne Stahl at
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PUBLISHED: November 1, 2012

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