March 13, 2008

Climate Change

Perhaps no other scientific issue has received more debate in the past decade than global climate change. Marcia Franklin talks about the phenomenon with two experts, and also discusses changing human perceptions about the issue.

One of Franklin's guests is Stephen Schneider, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University. Dr. Schneider was one of the lead authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He was the recipient of a MacArthur "genius" Fellowship in 1992, and is the author of numerous books on climate change, including Climate Change Policy: A Survey and Laboratory Earth: The Planetary Gamble We Can't Afford to Lose.

The other guest on the panel is Stephen Pyne, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. Dr. Pyne is considered one of the world's experts in fire ecology, and has written more than ten books on the subject, including Fire: A Brief History and World Fire. He was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in 1988 and two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships.

Both guests were in Boise for the annual conference of the American Society for Environmental History.