Is Global Warming a Cause For Alarm? April 22, 2007

Richard S. Lindzen, Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT, member of the National Academy of Sciences

Sunday, April 22
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Old South Meeting House

Our planet has become warmer in recent decades, and there is a growing chorus—as evidenced in the recently released summary report of the U.N. Panel on Climate Change—claiming that, unless we curb production of greenhouse gases, the consequences will be disastrous. However, some still remain unconvinced that economy-wide carbon caps and similar regulatory measures will help the situation, the President among them. Does the cost of regulation outweigh the damage of inaction? Should the United States government take dramatic public policy steps and become a party to international treaties, or continue to wait and see? Should we brace for stronger hurricanes, invasions of tropical diseases, and significant increases in sea levels, or is the danger overstated? Prof. Richard Lindzen steps into the fray to offer his view that irrational alarm may be clouding our judgment. Join us for tonight’s discussion as we explore what the future holds for our planet—and what we should do about it.

This program is part of the Ford Hall Forum’s continuing series on environmental issues. It is presented in collaboration with the Old South Meeting House as part of the Partners in Public Dialogue Series.

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