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Dartmouth hosts conference to analyze global warming

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 04/17/03 • Contact Sue Knapp

On Friday and Saturday, May 2-3, Dartmouth College will host a free, public Student Science Congress to examine the issue of global warming. Expert speakers will tackle this "hot" topic from a variety of viewpoints: environmental, biological, sociological, ethical, philosophical, political and legal.

The debate about global warming is conducted on many fronts. Biologists worry about the decline in biodiversity as natural habitats are shrinking and many species are becoming extinct. Oceanographers wonder about rising sea levels and the impact on shorelines. Policy makers, local, federal and international, try to enact and enforce regulations and laws that ease burdens on our environment. Economists are studying the cost of a warmer planet, from increased energy flowing to air conditioners to relocating entire communities that might be flooded beyond reconstruction.

"It's an exceptionally important topic for all of our students, because questions about global warming touch so many areas," says Lee Witters, Director of the Humanitates Vitae Program at Dartmouth College and a professor at Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth College. "What are the gaps in the climate models? How do we wrestle with the ethical and moral issues of species extinction or governmental and individual responsibility? What can international agreements really contribute to solving the problem? What international legal issues arise?"

At the end of the panel discussion on Saturday, Dartmouth students will vote on a number of controversial issues to gauge opinion and stimulate further discussion. For the complete schedule, visit: or call 603-646-0535.

Friday, May 2, Rockefeller Center, plenary sessions

4 p.m. Daniel Bodansky, J.D., University of Georgia, Law School
7:30 p.m. Eileen Clausen, President of the Pew Center on Climate Change

Saturday, May 3, Cook Auditorium, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., guest panelists include:

Michele Betsill Ph.D., Political Science, Colorado State University
Julia Driver, Ph.D., Chair, Philosophy, Dartmouth College
Rich Howarth, Ph.D., Environmental Studies, Dartmouth College
Dale Jamieson, Ph.D., Philosophy and Environmental Studies, Carleton College
Jerry Mahlman, Ph.D., National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder
William Schlesinger, Ph.D., Environmental Studies, Duke University
Henry Shue, Ph.D., Ethics & Public Life, Merton College, Oxford University
P.R. Shukla, Ph.D., Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Ph.D., Philosophy, Dartmouth College
Michael Toman, Ph.D., International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
John Weatherly, Ph.D., Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL)

The Global Warming Science Congress is sponsored by: Dartmouth's Humanitates Vitae Program; The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Dartmouth Offices of the President and the Provost; Dartmouth Medical School's Department of Medicine; Dartmouth's Nelson A Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences; The Dartmouth Lawyers Association; The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth; Dartmouth's Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics; Dartmouth's Departments of Biological Sciences and Philosophy; Dartmouth's Environmental Studies Program; and The Bildner Foundation.

For more information about the conference or about the speakers, go to

- Susan Knapp

Dartmouth has television (satellite uplink) and radio (ISDN) studios available for domestic and international live and taped interviews. For more information, call 603-646-3661 or see our Radio, Television capability webpage.

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