AP Science Writer Will Discuss Climate Change At OU

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Seth Borenstein, a national science writer for the Associated Press, will be coming to Ohio University to talk about climate change. At 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Borenstein will host a discussion in Baker 240. His talk, titled “Too Hot to Handle: What climate change is doing and why we don’t pay attention” will be open to the public.

Borenstein is the winner of numerous journalism awards, including the National Journalism Award for environment reporting in 2007 from the Scripps Foundation and the Outstanding Beat Reporting award from the Society of Environmental Journalists in 2004 and 2008. He was part of a team of finalists for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Columbia space shuttle disaster. A science and environmental journalist for nearly 20 years, covering everything from hurricanes to space shuttle launches, Borenstein has also worked for Knight Ridder Newspapers’ Washington Bureau, the Orlando Sentinel, and the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale.

Borenstein’s visit to campus follows closely on the heels of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released findings of its Working Group II two weeks ago of its 5th Assessment Report. The report, title “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability,” addressed observed and projected impacts of climate change on human systems, and what people are doing to adapt. Dr. Geoff Dabelko, director of the Ohio University’s Environmental Studies Program at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs served as one of the authors of the report.

This event is co-sponsored by the Environmental Studies program, the Center for Energy, Economics, and the Environment, the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, the Scripps College of Communication, the Department of Geography, and the Center for International Studies.