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The lovely Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist and associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University, where she is director of the Climate Science Center. She has worked at Texas Tech since 2005. She has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed publications and wrote the book A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions together with her husband, Andrew Farley. She also co-authored some reports for the US Global Change Research Program, as well as some National Academy of Sciences reports, including the 3rd National Climate Assessment, released on May 6, 2014. Shortly after the report was released, Hayhoe said, “Climate change is here and now, and not in some distant time or place,” adding that “The choices we’re making today will have a significant impact on our future.” She has also served as an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report.

Professor John Abraham has called her “perhaps the best communicator on climate change.” Time magazine listed her among the 100 most influential people in 2014. Also in 2014, the American Geophysical Union awarded her its climate communications award. The first episode of the documentary TV series Years of Living Dangerously features her work and her communication with religious audiences in Texas.

She doesn’t accept global warming on faith: She crunches the data, she analyzes the models, she helps engineers and city managers and ecologists quantify the impacts.

The data tells us the planet is warming; the science is clear that humans are responsible; the impacts we’re seeing today are already serious; and our future is in our hands. As John Holdren once said, “We basically have three choices: mitigation, adaptation, and suffering. We’re going to do some of each. The question is what the mix is going to be. The more mitigation we do, the less adaptation will be required, and the less suffering there will be.”

Find out more about Katharine and the work she does at www.katharinehayhoe.com or visit her Facebook page.

Katharine mentioned Climate Caretakers. For more information visit their website climatecaretakers.org/

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