November 19, 2007

Award-winning environmental scientist
to discuss global warming

Jeff Price
Jeff Price

A scientist who was part of the team that shared the Nobel Prize with former Vice President Al Gore will speak at Sacramento State 3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the University Union’s Ballroom.

Jeff Price, one of the scientists on the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will discuss measures needed to prevent major catastrophic changes in the ecosystems caused by global warming. Price and the other scientists on the IPCC shared the Nobel Peace prize with Gore this year.

Price is a biologist and a professor of geological and environmental sciences at Chico State. He is one of the lead authors of the IPCC’s 2007 report on climate change. He and his co-authors predict that many plant and animal species are likely to be at increased risk of extinction if global warming continues unchecked.

“The extinction message is one of the most significant in the report,” says Price. “The accelerating risk of extinction for species—and we’ve only studied a small fraction of the species of the world—should be of great concern to everyone.”

According to the IPCC website, the panel was created almost 20 years ago in response to growing concerns about the risk of climate change. The General Assembly of the United Nations asked the two UN bodies most engaged in the issue, the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations

Environment Programme, to set up the panel to provide balanced, objective policy advice.

The lecture is presented by Sacramento State’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

For more information on the lecture, contact the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at (916) 278-4655. For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.