FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 12, 2007
Andrew Revkin, author of an award-winning family book about climate
change, will kick off this year’s University of Alaska International
Polar Year visiting author series with a lecture on Sept. 20, at 7
p.m. in the Charles W. Davis Concert Hall on the UAF campus.
Revkin has been covering climate research and politics for more than
20 years. He is currently a New York Times environmental reporter and
is the author of “The North Pole Was Here: Puzzles and Perils at the
Top of the World.” He will discuss how climate change is more complex
than has been depicted in the media, but is still a major global
challenge. Revkin argues that the solution to global warming lies in
stabilizing the Earth’s concentrations of greenhouse gases, but that
such an endeavor will require a sustained energy quest that has not
yet been made a national priority.
Revkin will also discuss his 2003 trip to the North Pole with a team
of climate scientists, which provided the backdrop for his book. He
will be available following the lecture to sign copies of his books.
Revkin’s visit is part of the University of Alaska’s contribution to
International Polar Year efforts to promote research, education and
outreach activities that focus on the arctic and Antarctic regions.
For more information contact Jenn Wagaman, UAF Center for Research
Services outreach coordinator, at 907-474-5082 or firstname.lastname@example.org or
Cherie Solie, IPY statewide outreach manager, at 907-474-6264 or
The polar regions have profound significance for the Earth’s climate
and environments, ecosystems and human society. IPY is an
interdisciplinary and internationally coordinated research campaign,
ushering in a new era of polar science.