Author William Moomaw to Speak at Williams College on April 17

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., April 12, 2017—Author and professor William Moomaw ’59 will speak at Williams College at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 17 in Griffin Hall, room 3. His talk is titled “How Do We Meet the Challenges of a Changing Climate?” and it is free and open to the public.

Moomaw currently is professor emeritus of international environmental policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He has conducted research on sustainable development, renewable energy, trade, and environmental implications of climate change. He is the founding director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, the Tufts Climate Initiative, co-founder of the Global Development and Environmental Institute, and advocates for international sustainable development.

Moomaw was lead author of several of the chapters of the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. The work of the IPCC was recognized with the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He also authored several other IPCC reports, including being the coordinating lead author of the 2001 chapter on greenhouse gas emissions reduction. He was also an American Association for Advancement of Science Congressional Science Fellow in which he worked on energy legislation that eliminated the use of CFCs in spray cans to protect the ozone layer. Moomaw has provided expert testimony to the U.S. Congress and written several environmental reports for the United Nations. He has written three books on international environmental policy including Negotiating a Sustainable Future: Innovations in International Environmental Negotiation (PON Books, 2003), People and Their Planet: Searching for Balance (Palgrave Macmillan, 1999), and Transboundary Environmental Negotiation: New Approaches to Global Cooperation (Jossey-Bass, 2002). Moomaw holds a B.A. from Williams College and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

This discussion is part of a thematic year of inquiry called “Confronting Climate Change.” Throughout this academic year the college will host a series of speakers, events, and programming planned to shed light on the issue of climate change and how we should respond to it as individuals, as an institution, as a nation, and as a member of the global community.


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