An in­con­ve­nient truth

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Sci­en­tists en­cour­age us to learn more about global warm­ing so that we can po­ten­tially save the planet from de­struc­tion, but the com­plex­ity and vol­ume of in­for­ma­tion can be so over­whelm­ing that it’s dif­fi­cult to know where to start. Gabrielle Walker, the chief sci­en­tist at Xyn­téo, a firm that ad­vises cor­po­ra­tions on en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble growth, care­fully ex­plains the mul­ti­fac­eted is­sues, the­o­ries, and re­search in four books, most re­cently Antarc­tica: An In­ti­mate Por­trait of a Mys­te­ri­ous Con­ti­nent (Houghton Mif­flin Har­court, 2013). Walker holds a Ph.D. in nat­u­ral sci­ences f r om Cam­bridge Univer­sit y and has taught at Cam­bridge and Prince­ton. She is known for writ­ing about this highly tech­ni­cal and po­lar­iz­ing sub­ject mat­ter in clear, po­etic prose and for break­ing the sci­ence, pol­i­tics, and so­cial is­sues around global warm­ing into man­age­able chunks; for­mer vice pres­i­dent Al Gore called her 2008 book The Hot Topic: What We Can Do About Global Warm­ing a “bea­con of clar­ity” in a sea of mis­in­for­ma­tion. Walker dis­cusses cli­mate change, ac­tion, and sus­tain­abil­ity at 7 p. m. on Wed­nes­day, March 23, as part of the Lan­nan Foun­da­tion’s In Pur­suit of Cul­tural Free­dom lecture se­ries at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.). She is joined in con­ver­sa­tion by Chris Wil­liams, a Lan­nan Fel­low, en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist, pro­fes­sor of physics and chem­istry at Pace Univer­sit y, and au­thor of Ecol­ogy and So­cial­ism: So­lu­tions to Cap­i­tal­ist Eco­log­i­cal Cri­sis (Hay­mar­ket, 2010). Tick­ets to the lecture are $6 ($3 for stu­dents and se­niors) and are avail­able by call­ing 505-988-1234 or vis­it­ing www.tick­

— Jen­nifer Levin

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