Newswise — As the international discussion surrounding climate change continues to intensify among scientists, politicians and advocates, experts from the George Washington University are available to comment on various issues.
To schedule an interview with the experts below, contact [email protected] or 202-994-6460. GW’s Flash Studio, a state-of-the-art broadcast studio, is available for remote, live or taped television and radio interviews. The studio is operated in partnership with VideoLink.
Sabrina McCormick, associate professor of environmental and occupational health at Milken Institute School of Public Health, can talk about the public health consequences of climate change, how American cities are adapting or preparing for the extreme weather related to global warming and the impact of climate change on vulnerable populations. (Watch a video of Dr. McCormick talking about the results of her study on six American cities and climate change, and another video of Dr. McCormick explaining how climate change is an immediate threat to public health.) Peter LaPuma, associate professor of environmental and occupational health at Milken Institute School of Public Health, can talk about sustainable energy strategies such as electric vehicles, wind turbines and the potential of geothermal energy. He can also talk about plans to cut carbon emissions as a way to reduce the impact of global warming.
Kathleen Merrigan, executive director of sustainability and former U.S. deputy secretary and chief operating officer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, can discuss climate change policy, climate change and diets and climate change and agriculture.
Melissa J. Perry, professor and chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, can talk about the impact of climate change on occupational health and the critical importance of training more climate change experts to develop solutions for the future.
Lynn R. Goldman, the Michael and Lori Milken Dean of Milken Institute School of Public Health, can talk about how climate change threatens human health, including rates of asthma and other diseases linked to rising global temperatures. She can also discuss the Obama administration’s plan to tackle climate change as well as what else needs to be done to combat this threat.
Robert Orttung, associate research professor of international affairs and assistant director of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, can discuss climate change and its effect specifically on the Arctic.
Lisa Benton-Short, associate professor of geography and chair of the Department of Geography, can talk about how climate change impacts cities and what they are doing to adapt to and mitigate climate change.
Amit Ronen, director of the GW Solar Institute, can discuss federal and state climate policies, such as the Clean Power Plan; pending climate-related legislation; and the role renewables, particularly solar power, can play in replacing fossil fuels and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He can also discuss climate science, the politics of climate change and international climate negotiations.
LeRoy Paddock, associate dean for environmental studies and professorial lecturer in law at the GW Law School, can discuss legal issues related to climate, including issues related to cap and trade programs; the Clean Power Plan; and a variety of issues surrounding energy efficiency and renewable energy as they are related to climate change.
J. Houston Miller, professor of chemistry, is an expert on greenhouse gas measurements. Dr. Miller is designing a device to measure the amount of carbon being emitted from the thickest layers of melting permafrost in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Peter Linquiti, associate professor and director of the Environmental Resource Policy Program, can talk about U.S. federal climate policy and the value of unburnable carbon.
Marcus King, the John O. Rankin Associate Professor of International Affairs, can discuss climate change and its relationship to national or international security, as well as climate change’s impact on geopolitics, migration and global vulnerable populations and water security.
Meghan Chapple, director of the Office of Sustainability, can discuss how organizations can take action on combating climate change, including through large-scale energy purchases, energy efficiency and mobilizing various groups for change.
Claire Monteleoni, assistant professor of computer science, focuses on machine learning: developing principled methods for big data analytics. She has applied her research to the study of climate change, which helped launch the field of climate informatics. The goal of this emerging field is to shed light on climate change, using cutting-edge big data analytics. She collaborates with climate scientists who contribute to IPCC reports to the United Nations.
Michael Mann, assistant professor in the Department of Geography, can discuss climate change and wildfires and the effects on agriculture, especially in the developing world.
Michael Svoboda, the sustainability minor director and assistant professor of writing, is an expert on climate change and politics, climate change and popular culture and communication about climate change.