Around the Pier: Talking Global Warming to Global Students


Scripps climate scientist V. Ramanathan spoke about the science of global warming to more than 1,000 international students at a conference held at the United Nations headquarters in New York on March 2.

The conference on “Global Warming: Confronting the Crisis” was organized by the UN International School (UNIS) to discuss climate change and its effect on politics, environment, and the economy.

Ramanathan delivered his talk titled, “Global Warming: Underlying Science, Predictions, and Societal Dilemmas,” to a crowd of students who then participated in a panel discussion regarding how important climate change may be to national and international decisions in the future.

“It was a privilege to stand and talk at the same podium where presidents and heads of states have addressed the UN about pressing problems facing the world,” said Ramanathan. “It was particularly thrilling to address so many bright students from around the world on global warming and discuss what they can do about it.”

NASA climate researcher James Hansen also spoke at the conference as well as an address by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon who declared global warming to be at the top of his agenda.

— Shannon Casey

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