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UN climate change panel member to speak in Indiana, Pa.

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Robert F. Cahalan,  a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore, will give a presentation on global warming as part of the 35th annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference hosted by Indiana University of Pennsylvania March 23-25.

Cahalan's presentation, titled "Appalachian Impacts of Global Warming: Reasons for Hope," will take place at 1:30 on March 23 at the university's Eberly Auditorium.

Climate change is a real and growing problem, Cahalan believes. But he will focus on the need for the world community to find solutions and work in a hopeful frame of mind.

Cahalan has spoken internationally about global warming. His presentations are designed to make complex scientific material understandable to nonscientists.

Cahalan is chief of Climate and Radiation of the Goddard Space Flight Center at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Washington, D.C., the leading federal agency that deals with climate change.

He is president of the International Radiation Commission, which includes 40 commissioners representing 20 countries, and a fellow of the American Meteorological Society.

Cahalan worked at Syracuse University and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, among other institutions, before going to NASA. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland. 

The talk is offered for free to the public at a conference that requires paid registration; those planning to attend are asked to reserve a spot in advance by contacting Jim Cahalan, conference program chairman, at jcahalan@iup.edu.

Registration and more information about the conference are available at www.appalachianstudies.org/conference.

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