US climate change scientist awarded Edinburgh Medal

AN American climate scientist has been named as the 24th recipient of the Edinburgh Medal.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 29th March 2012, 1:00 pm

Dr James Hansen brought climate change to the world’s attention in the 1980s when he testified before Congress in his home country.

Since then the 70-year-old has said he believes that the threats posed by global warming have increased substantially because of the absence of effective policies.

Dr Hansen said: “I am honoured to receive the Edinburgh Medal and I hope that I can use the occasion to draw attention to the urgency of addressing climate change, with a different approach, one that would be effective.

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“Our parents did not know that their actions could harm future generations.

“We will only be able to pretend that we did not know.”

Lord Provost George Grubb said: “Dr Hansen is an extremely worthy recipient of the Edinburgh Medal.”