December 7, 2007

Environmental scientist discusses global warming

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Global warming caught the attention of Sacramento State as a scientist who was part of the team that shared the Nobel Prize with former Vice President Al Gore spoke before a full house Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the University Union’s Ballroom.

Jeff Price, a biologist and a professor of geological and environmental sciences at Chico State, made his presentation before a crowd of approximately 800 people. He is one of the lead authors of the IPCC’s 2007 report on climate change. The report suggests that global warming will lead to major changes as the ice caps melt and the oceans rise. “The bottom line is, the more carbon monoxide there is, the higher the temperature,” he says. "All you have to do is think about is 10 feet of water on I-5 to think about a severe flooding scenario."

Price is a member of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He and the other scientists on the IPCC shared the Nobel Peace prize with the former vice president this year.

Price 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.”

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