The lead author of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC), Dr. John Christy
, will be the keynote speaker at Directions Media's Rocket City Geospatial Conference
this week. The IPCC was awarded the Nobel Prize last Friday (Oct. 12), along with former U.S. Vice President, Al Gore, for its work on bringing attention to climate change issues. Christy, a professor at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, is skeptical of some of Gore's work on the issue. "Climate has evolved from a topic dealt with by a few bookish, pocket-protector scientists to a multi-billion dollar industry that has begun to drive legislative policy on Capitol Hill, to embolden high-profile environmental activists... and to create anxiety among the largest industries (and thus people) of the world."
The IPCC issued four main reports in 1990, 1995, 2001 and 2007, and one supplement (1992). Dr. Christy's involvement spanned 15 years as follows:
1995: Key Contributor
2001: Lead Author
2007: Contributing Author
Christy's presentation will commence at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 17th at the Huntsville Marriott Hotel.