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How will climate scientist Stephen Schneider be remembered?

Adriene Hill Jul 20, 2010

Climate change expert Stephen Schneider died yesterday in London. He was 65.

Schneider was a Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. He shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with other members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group he worked with for many years.

From the Washington Post:

Dr. Schneider wrote books and more than 400 articles on human-driven global warming and its wide-ranging effects, such as a recorded rise in ocean temperature and the increasing potency and frequency of hurricanes. He conducted research on the near-irreversible damage of greenhouse gases on the ozone layer and theorized how a nuclear war might affect the climate.

Climate Central is publishing recollections from his colleagues. Dr. Ben Santer writes:

Some climate scientists have exceptional talents in pure research. They love to figure out the inner workings of the climate system. Others have strengths in communicating complex scientific issues to non-specialists. It is rare to find scientists who combine these talents. Steve Schneider was just such a man.

I had the opportunity to talk with Schneider as part of Moving By Degrees, a daylong Marketplace conference in June. Here’s our interview.

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