Atmospheric Scientist Who Seeks to Untangle Global Warming Mystery Will Lecture at Baylor on Jan. 24, 2013

Jan. 23, 2013

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WACO, Texas (Jan. 23, 2013)--Mindful of one of the most debated scientific issues of today, Katharine Hayhoe, Ph.D., seeks to untangle the complex science behind global warming and climate change, also examining the key role Christian faith and values play into shaping attitudes and actions associated with this topic.

Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist and expert reviewer for the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has dedicated her works life to discovering and communicating the realities of a changing climate to those who will be affected most by it.

Hayhoe will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, in Room D 110 of the Baylor Sciences Building, 101 Bagby Ave. in Waco. This event is open to the public and is free of charge.

She is an associate professor in the department of political science and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. Her work has resulted in more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and many key reports, including the recently-released draft of the 2014 U.S. National Climate Assessment.

"I think that Baylor students will benefit by hearing about the real science behind climate change research from an expert whose Christian faith is also very important to her, and which leads her to emphasize communicating the importance of wise decisions in proper care and stewardship of the Earth," said Steven Driese, Ph.D., professor and chair of the department of geology at Baylor.

Together with her husband, pastor and author Andrew Farley, she wrote "A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions", a book that tackles many long-held misconceptions about global warming. Her work as a climate change evangelist has been featured in a media ranging from PBS to Christianity Today, which in 2012 named her as one of their "50 Women to Watch."

by Rebecca Malzahn, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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