Why Climate Matters

Climate change is one of the most complex and difficult challenges facing the world now and into the future, yet it is also one of the most divisive. Professor de Menocal will discuss how climate is changing today, why it is changing, and how this impacts people and the global economy. As the Director of Columbia’s Center for Climate and Life, he represents a team of over 100 scientists conducting novel research to understand how climate impacts life’s essentials food, water, shelter, and energy.

Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences; Director, Center for Climate and Life in the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Peter de Menocal is a climate scientist at Columbia’s renowned Lamont­-Doherty Earth Observatory. His research uses geochemical analyses of deep­sea sediments to understand how and why past climates changed. He is presently the founding director of the Center for Climate and Life. The center's mission is to mobilize teams of scientists to understand how climate change impacts things people really care about, and to use this knowledge to lead real change in the private sector.

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