James Hansen Selected as EarthSky Scientist Communicator of the Year

December 30, 2008

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 30 /PRNewswire/ — EarthSky – a clear voice for
science heard around the world – and more than 600 scientists today announced

James Hansen’s selection as the EarthSky Scientist Communicator of the Year.

Dr. Hansen, a physicist, now heads the NASA Goddard Institute for Space
Studies in New York City. He is an outspoken authority on climate change.
Hansen was elected as EarthSky Scientist Communicator of the Year after
EarthSky asked its 600+ Global Science Advisors to nominate and vote on which
scientists had best communicated with the public about vital science issues or
concepts during 2008. Dr. Hansen’s name rose to the top from a wide field of
prestigious figures in science.

Jim Hansen was the first leading scientist to explain global warming to
the U.S. Congress and the American people,” said Jeffrey Sachs, director of
the Earth Institute at Columbia University. “His warnings proved to be
accurate and prescient. When he came under political attack, he bravely and
successfully defended his freedom to speak out. His fortitude has made him not
only a great scientist, but a great scientist-statesman, one who plays a
unique role in helping all of us understand the dire risks of man-made climate
change and how to address them.”

EarthSky is featuring Dr. Hansen in an 8-minute EarthSky Clear Voices for
Science podcast, speaking on the role of science in the coming century.
Listen to the podcast: http://www.earthsky.org/james-hansen .

EarthSky – producer of the internationally syndicated Earth & Sky science
podcast series – serves as a platform for scientists to speak on important
issues facing the 21st century. Through its global broadcast network and
online outlets, EarthSky creates 14 million media impressions for science and
scientists every day. In other words, people hear, watch or read the words of
scientists – via EarthSky – that often every day.

The EarthSky promise: “To bring the ideas, strategies and research
results of scientists to people around the world, with the goal of
illuminating pathways to a sustainable future.”


Source: newswire

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