After what we have all been through in 2020, it is clear that climate impacts are more severe than anticipated and are happening faster than we thought. Ben Santer, an award-winning climate scientist, who has stood up to the Trump administration’s attempts to muzzle him and his colleagues by speaking truth to power and just doing good science, discussed the most recent science, some of the implications of what we face, and the urgent need for accelerated action. Jason Barbose, the Senior Policy Manager of Western States for the Union of Concerned Scientists offered his perspective on the state of the climate. Ellie Cohen offered a brief overview of the Climate-Safe California suite of policies that address the climate crisis at the speed and scale required.
Atmospheric Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Ben Santer is an atmospheric scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). His research focuses on such topics as climate model evaluation, the use of statistical methods in climate science, and identification of natural and anthropogenic “fingerprints” in observed climate records. He is a pioneer endorser of Climate-Safe California. Santer holds a Ph.D. in Climatology from the University of East Anglia, England. After completion of his Ph.D. in 1987, he spent five years at the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology in Germany, where he worked on the development and application of climate fingerprinting methods.
Ellie Cohen, CEO of The Climate Center, is a leader in catalyzing cross-boundary, collaborative and just solutions to climate change and environmental degradation. Most recently, Ellie served as President and CEO of Point Blue Conservation Science where she and the organization’s 160+ scientists worked with hundreds of public and private partners to develop climate-smart solutions for wildlife and people.
Senior Policy Manager of Western States, Union of Concerned Scientists
Jason Barbose is the Senior Policy Manager of Western States for the Union of Concerned Scientists. Jason advocates for UCS’s policy priorities in California and other western states. He meets with government officials, builds partnerships with allies, and helps manage legislative and regulatory campaigns to advance UCS priorities on climate change, energy, and transportation issues. Prior to joining UCS, Jason worked on these issues at the Better World Group and Environment California. He holds a master of public policy from U.C. Berkeley and a B.A. in politics from U.C. Santa Cruz.
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