California Energy Commission to Host “A Conversation with Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan”

World-renowned climate change expert Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan will speak at the California Energy Commission’s second Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Symposium Dec. 1, at the Sacramento Convention Center.

The symposium highlights cutting-edge advancements in key research and technology topics shaping the future of California’s 21st century electricity system.

Dr. Ramanathan will discuss the recent Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action, a two-week climate summit in Marrakech, Morocco, where more than 100 countries representing over 75 percent of global emissions formally joined the Paris Climate Agreement. He will also share his thoughts on the urgency of reducing global warming agents.

Dr. Ramanathan is a professor of atmospheric and climate sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and is the chair of an international science team from Asia, Africa and Latin America under the Atmospheric Brown Clouds Program sponsored by the United Nations Environmental Program.

In 1975, he discovered that chlorofluorocarbons were powerful contributors to the greenhouse effect and was among the first to propose that short-lived climate pollutants should be targeted to reduce climate change.

During his career, he has advised world leaders, including Pope Francis, Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr., and the head of the UN environmental program on climate change and on protecting the poorest populations from its effects. He has been elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and in 2013, the United Nations named him the Champion of the Earth.

Dr. Ramanathan’s talk begins at 12:30 p.m. He will also participate in the symposium’s Thought Leaders Panel Session.

The symposium is free and open to the public. To register visit the EPIC Eventbrite web page. To participate remotely, register through the Eventbrite link or view WebEx directions in the event notice.

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