February 10, 2014

Vol. 29 , No. 08   

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Why is Climate Change Always 'Worse Than We Thought'?

Patrick Michaels is the director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute. Throughout his career, Michaels has held many important roles in the field of climate science. Immediately prior to his work at the Cato institute, Michaels was the president of the American Association of State Climatologists. He was also a research professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia for thirty years, and was a contributing author to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Much of Michaels’ work has been published in major climate science journals, and he is a regular contributor to Forbes, writing about the interface of public science and public policy.

Michaels is well known amongst established climatologists for his vocal criticism of the conventional scientific narrative on climate change and global warming. According to Michaels, the data behind climate change is not as conclusive as the majority of climatologists suggest. Michaels received A.B. and S.M. Degrees in biological sciences and plant ecology from the University of Chicago, and has a Ph.D. in ecological climatology from the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Dr. Michaels’ visit to campus is jointly sponsored by the Athenaeum and the Salvatori Center for Individual Freedom in the Modern World. His lecture is the first in a semester-long series of presentations focusing on environmental leadership. Included in this series will be a talk on Wednesday, March 12th, by Dr. Benjamin Santer, climate researcher at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.