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Climate change focus of public presentations in South Tahoe

Dr. James Hansen, seen here, will discuss ice melt, global warming, superstorms and more as the keynote speaker at Operation Sierra Storm this year.
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STATELINE, Nev. — What society can do in the face of climate change, both on a global and more localized scale, is just one of the topics up for discussion at this week’s meteorologist conference at Lake Tahoe’s South Shore.

Specifically, keynote speaker James Hansen, a former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, will discuss global warming, ice melt and super storms, as well as provide comments on the recently concluded U.N. Climate Summit in Peru.

Hansen will join several other climate experts this Thursday and Friday to address guests of Operation Sierra Storm. But unlike other aspects of the conference, Hansen’s presentation will be open to the public and free of charge.



Time Magazine once called Hansen — also an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute — one of the 100 most influential people on earth in 2006, according to a press release.

His talk will follow a public presentation by professional adventurer and climate science writer Bernice Notenboom, who will discuss her new film “The Artic March”.



The presentations will take place Jan. 8 at Harveys Lake Tahoe’s Cabaret Theater. Notenboom will speak from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m, followed by Hansen from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. A question and answer session will follow.

Other speakers will also be featured at the three-day event, although their presentations will not be open to the public. They include climate scientist and oceanographer Josh Willis and NOAA meteorologist Greg Carbin.

Willis is the lead NASA scientist on the Jason mission, which measures sea level rise from space, according to the OSS website. And Carbin is one of NOAA’s leading experts on tornadoes and severe thunderstorm forecasting.

One of Operation Sierra Storm’s main purposes is to inform network television meteorologists around the country of newsworthy topics and trends. This year’s conference is scheduled Jan. 7-10.


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