At Issue: Sustainability
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Human beings are the cause of climate change on Earth, says Ralph Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences—but that means we can also be the cure. The question is, how?
“There is no single solution,” Cicerone told a packed audience at the Heimbold Visual Arts Center—a LEED-certified green building, fittingly—in February. “People are frozen by the enormity of global warming, and feel discouraged at not knowing how to solve the problem all at once.”
As an atmospheric scientist, Cicerone’s research has been fundamental to the current understanding of greenhouse gases and ozone depletion. Now he is involved in shaping science and environmental policy at the national and international level.
Photo by Chris Taggart