Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change Topic of Zucker Lecture

Bert Bolin, emeritus professor of meteorology at the University of Stockholm, Sweden, and former chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is the Zucker Environmental Fellow for 1998. Bolin will present a lecture titled “Science and Policy of the Climate Change Issue” at 2 p.m. Friday, April 24, in Room 123, Kline Geology Laboratory, 210 Whitney Ave.

Bolin will also hold an informal talk at a Master’s Tea on Thursday, April 23, at 4 p.m. in the Saybrook College Master’s House, 242 Elm St. Both events are sponsored by the Zucker Fellowship Fund and are free and open to the public.

Bolin is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the Blue Planet Prize from the Asahi Glass Foundation, Tokyo (1995); The Royal Medal, Sweden (1997); and the American Academy for the Advancement of Science Award for International Scientific Cooperation, (1998). He is also a member of many academies and learned societies, including the Royal Swedish Academy of Science, the Norwegian Academy of Science, the Russian Academy of Science and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

He has published about 130 scientific papers and books in the fields of dynamical meteorology, numerical weather forecasting, gaseous exchange between the atmosphere and the sea, the use of chemical and radioactive tracers in the atmosphere and the sea, the global carbon cycle, and atmospheric greenhouse gases and aerosols and their role in determining the climate. As chair of the IPCC, he was active in formulating a scientific and technical analysis of the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change and its future impact on participating countries. He continues to be active in an assessment of this very important agreement in Kyoto regarding the expected human-induced change in climate.

The B. Benjamin Zucker Environmental Fellowship was established in 1990 to bring to campus public policy figures or authors in the field of environmental studies in the hopes of inspiring students to embark on environmental careers.

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